Monday, October 08, 2007

Post Office Campaign - Launch of Parliamentary Petition

North Thanet`s MP, Roger Gale, joins with Laura Sandys (South Thanet), The deputy Leader of Thanet Council, Roger Latchford and other Thanet Councillors this (Monday) morning to launch a parliamentary petition that seeks to persuade the Government to place a moratorium on post office closures pending a reappraisal of the programme.

The petition will be launched at 09.00 at Minnis Bay Post Office at the time when many pensioners gather to collect their money.

"We are seeking to raise hundreds if not thousands of signatures on this petition which I shall then present to the House of Commons" says Roger Gale. "We accept that there is a need for change within the post office network but we believe that it is wrong both to deny local communities facilities that are, in many cases, vital to their existence and also wrong for government, as the major shareholder in Post Office Ltd, to deny to those small businesses trading opportunities that will make them both viable and competitive in a modern environment.

There is a huge public interest at stake and the response from the general public since the consultation was announced and plans revealed has, notwithstanding the postal strike, already been very considerable."

Ccommenting upon the postal strike the MP adds:

"I have visited sorting offices and spoken personally with postal workers. Our local postmen and postwomen are not militant and they do not want to damage the businesses and communities that they serve any more than they want to damage their own jobs or place their mortgages and financial security at risk.

They do, though, want to be treated fairly and they want a just reward for working what are often anti-social hours in appalling weather conditions and they also want to maintain the high standard of delivery and service in which they take a pride.

Postal workers are caught between a highly-paid and arrogant management in Adam Crozier and Allan Leighton , who will no doubt in due curse be rewarded with New Labour honours for their mediocrity, and by a Trades Union Leadership, in Mr. Hayes and his colleagues, that represents a throwback to old-style neanderthal union approach to industrial relations. It would probably be helpful if a fresh and competent team were to look at both sides of the argument, to address issues arising from working conditions, pay and most particularly pensions and to endeavour to reach a fair settlement.

Failure to bring about an agreement will further damage the small businesses that rely upon the postal service and will, ultimately, finish of the once-cherished and unique Royal Mail service for good."


Anonymous said...

My son tells me it is very hard to get a job as a postman locally as it is such a popular employment. I may have the fine detail wrong but from what I am told, I am not surprised its a popular job. Whilst an early start and sort occurs, the 'round' can be done quickly or in a 'leisurely' fashion and as a result many posties finish up to 2-3 hours early and then knock off. The result is they get paid upto 60 hours per month for time when they are not working. Any attempt by Royal Mail to improve efficiency is thus likely to be opposed; there does seem to be a touch of restrictive practice and union controlled 'jobbery' on who gets the 'good' rounds etc that is reminiscent of the old printing game and print unions.

Tony said...

Have we had any comments yet from Dr Ladyman, about the Ramsgate closures?

DrMoores said...

Diplomatically silent!

michael Child said...

The closure of the post offices is a bad thing and I have the petition in the bookshop for anyone to sign, however I think this the proposed closure, re-sighting and un-singlesexing of Chatham House, Clarendon, Hereson and Ellington schools would also be worthy of a petition. Any of you politicos fancy sorting something out.

...unsex me here
And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full
Of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood,
Stop up the access and passage to remorse,
That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose nor keep peace between
The effect and it! Come to my woman's breasts,
And take my milk for gall, your murthering ministers,
Lady Macbeth

Mr Friday said...

"they want a just reward for working what are often anti-social hours in appalling weather conditions and they also want to maintain the high standard of delivery and service in which they take a pride"

They get paid very well for doing what is basically a glorified paper round. The strike works quite well for me as it at least gives me a couple of days respite from having to redeliver my neighbours' post which lands on my doorstep with alarming frequency. Their competitors must be laughing themselves silly watching them commit commercial suicide.

ZumiWeb said...

Seems to me those who think a postie is just a delivery person are the same who think, for example, a librarian just sits at a desk stamping dates in books (they don't - book selection, acquisition and processing, reference work, training staff and customers, dealing with social issues, technical maintenance of equipment and so on and so on). Just because we don't see it doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

Talk to a postman/woman and discover the random nature of management, wage stoppages on petty pretexts, having to use their own vehicles to get bags to their round, the several hours' sorting of course, not to mention the extra loads of junk mail they are required to deliver, the occasional theft and attack, not to mention dogs, weather and Harry Potter books.

Like so many other things, we'll wake up one day and miss it severely. BusinessPost, TNT and DHL etc have little interest in daily deliveries of residential and personal mail at a universal and affordable price. They certainly won't clear remote postboxes. It'll be business to business only and everyone else gets to pick up their own mail from a town centre (or remote industrial estate) depot.

Mr Friday said...

I sincerely hope that one day I wake up and internet take up is approaching 100% amongst the public and the vast majority of documents can be emailed rather than typed, put in an envelope, delivered (or not) then read by the recipient some days later. Surely that will work much better ?

Anonymous said...

But Mr Friday, do you have a scanner to turn documents in to emails, a digital signature to take the place of a legal signature, a matter transference device to transmit parcels electronically, a computer and broadband connection to deal with all this - and can you guarantee that every citizen will get one, and the training and money to use it? Or is it just the lucky few that will be allowed to send stuff in the future...