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postman's side of the strike story

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I talked to my local postman this afternoon and jokingly said "so you're off work next thursday".He replied "ru serious I haven't heard anything today yet".He then told me one of the main reasons for … Read More
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
I talked to my local postman this afternoon and jokingly said "so you're off work next thursday".He replied "ru serious I haven't heard anything today yet".He then told me one of the main reasons for going on strike was the work practices that royal mail wanted to bring in.Now everyone put yourself in the postman's postion when I tell you the following.My postman was told yesterday afternoon that he was to come in this morning 1.5 hours early to do another route before he did his regular one.He agreed but his supervisor then told him he would not be getting paid to do the extra route.IF anyone refused to do extra work they would get a disciplinary.

Who in their right mind would work 1.5 hours overtime for free.So before we start shooting down the postman think about the above.
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
ITS TRUE, but in todays climate i would just to keep my job sighhh hard times loool
#2
sad state of affairs

It's one postman's side of the strike story though..
#3
They are doing overtime for free because of the ****ing huge backlog of post that has occured because they have all been on strike as the company isnt being run in a way that suits them.
#4
Who in their right mind would work 1.5 hours overtime for free.So before we start shooting down the postman think about the above.


Lots of us do this all the time.
#5
royal mail made a profit last year so why try to change something that is not broken.Maybe the bosses that get all the million pound bonuses should take a cut.greedy *******s
#6
I do sympathise with them, as my first job was similar. I worked for a large bank and had to process the debits and credits for the day. There was about 6-8 of us that had to do all the transactions that happened in all areas of the bank each day. We weren't allowed to finish for the day until they were all done, and we didn't get any overtime for doing it. One particular evening, instead of finishing at 6pm, we didn't get to leave until 9pm. Each day when I went in, I never knew what time I would be finishing.

I didn't like it, so I left !! (as did pretty much everyone else to be honest) We didn't take our issues out on the entire country by refusing to process any transactions after 6pm. I just don't see why if they don't like the working conditions then they don't leave, and if they don't want to leave then why drag the whole country into it, seeing as it's nothing to do with us. I'm fed up of my post being late and going missing because of a dispute that's nothing to do with me.
#7
you need to get into a union then because thats crap.its bad enough that a majority of people never take all of their annual leave and work that for free
#8
adanac1970
royal mail made a profit last year so why try to change something that is not broken.Maybe the bosses that get all the million pound bonuses should take a cut.greedy *******s


Are you joking or not? I presume not. You change things to keep up with best practice, regardless of the company making profit in the past.
#9
adanac1970
you need to get into a union then because thats crap.its bad enough that a majority of people never take all of their annual leave and work that for free


Not at all, I am contracted to complete duties, not hours. I am rewarded for it financially and my company has a stupidly high revenue and profit partly because of it. If I didn't want to work on that basis, I could get a different job and work a 37 hour week or even less.
#10
My god!!! I must have one of the best jobs in the uk then as I GET PAID FOR WORKING EVEN 2 MINUTES OVERTIME AND IF I DON'T WANT TO WORK OVERTIME I JUST SAY NO:whistling::whistling:
#11
adanac1970
My god!!! I must have one of the best jobs in the uk then as I GET PAID FOR WORKING EVEN 2 MINUTES OVERTIME AND IF I DON'T WANT TO WORK OVERTIME I JUST SAY NO:whistling::whistling:


As I said, I am rewarded for it financially.
#12
doesnt mean they should stop doing their normal job because of it, so dont do the extra 1.5 hours, just put in your normal times, let em take you to court, the postie will win hands down.
#13
pghstochaj
Lots of us do this all the time.


The sad truth is that most of us on a salaried wage already do work far more than we are supposed to as the job requires it. The sad fact is that if they do not agree to cost cutting measures then the post office will lose out to the couriers and then they will be out of a job anyway.
#14
1982
The sad truth is that most of us on a salaried wage already do work far more than we are supposed to as the job requires it. The sad fact is that if they do not agree to cost cutting measures then the post office will lose out to the couriers and then they will be out of a job anyway.


'aint that the truth ! tonight springs to mind :x
#15
my hubs does at least 2 1/2 hours unpaid overtime every work day, its expected in his job!
#16
1982
The sad truth is that most of us on a salaried wage already do work far more than we are supposed to as the job requires it. The sad fact is that if they do not agree to cost cutting measures then the post office will lose out to the couriers and then they will be out of a job anyway.


I agree with this. That's not to say that I don't have real sympathy for the postal workers - I do; but in a competitive market, capitaism wins out.
banned#17
leilahfun
my hubs does at least 2 1/2 hours unpaid overtime every work day, its expected in his job!


Does he make mugs, or sell mugs, or fix mugs???

I'm psychic you see, and I'm definitely seeing the word 'mug'.

Does he work with someone called 'mug'?
#18
lots of people have to do this sort of thing all the time,i work for a well known pharmacy,only get paid for two hours work a day but allways have too much to do and have to finish my round in my own time or people go without their medication ! so sorry cant feel that sorry for them.
#19
FilthAndFurry
Does he make mugs, or sell mugs, or fix mugs???

I'm psychic you see, and I'm definitely seeing the word 'mug'.

Does he work with someone called 'mug'?


Why are you implying somebody is a mug for working unpaid overtime?
#20
Didnt postmen used to do there round then go home but still get paid for a days work ?

It could be the posttman is being made to work his full hours now instead of finishing early.
#21
They're just doing the same as teachers...suck it up and stop opening my mail!
#22
FilthAndFurry
Does he make mugs, or sell mugs, or fix mugs???

I'm psychic you see, and I'm definitely seeing the word 'mug'.

Does he work with someone called 'mug'?


Haha ... I got it anyway ... I think?
banned#23
pghstochaj
Why are you implying somebody is a mug for working unpaid overtime?


If you have a talent, don't give it away for free:thumbsup:
#24
We used to get letters twice a day, letters was 1st class or 2nd class.......
Now we get one post ...... or none for a couple of days, letters messured by size and weight ......and they go on strike !!!............ So what do they want????:w00t:
#25
Im still waiting on a game that was posted last tuesday
#26
FilthAndFurry
If you have a talent, don't give it away for free:thumbsup:


sometimes giving it away for free in the short term lands better prospects in the longer term career progression

but there is also the companies that will take advantage and see you out the door with nowt
#27
I think the whole management of the post office need to get more in line with normal work practices. He should be paid overtime but there was also an article in the mail a few days ago from a postal worker saying staff were being really lazy....some going home 3 hours early and the management were not doing a thing about it.
I think it is the workers in the sorting that are pulling the lead not the poor posties.
#28
deanos;6568260
Didnt postmen used to do there round then go home but still get paid for a days work ?

It could be the posttman is being made to work his full hours now instead of finishing early.

Yep - they have had a cushy little number and made a mockery of the service - now they are having to do the work they are crying like babies
#29
Thought that was the case, don't have any sympathy with them if so
#30
FilthAndFurry
If you have a talent, don't give it away for free:thumbsup:


I don't, why would I? I get paid more than enough to cover any idea of overtime, but I don't get paid for hours above my contracted hours.
banned#31
jcaho7
We used to get letters twice a day, letters was 1st class or 2nd class.......
Now we get one post ...... or none for a couple of days, letters messured by size and weight ......and they go on strike !!!............ So what do they want????:w00t:


and thats the postmans fault?
#32
They have the easiest job in the world and they can't even do that right! so too
right they should work the extra hours to make up for all the **** we
have to put up with ...its not hard at all to put a letter in letterbox...........
you dont see newspaper boys going on strike and thats all postmen
are are glorified paperboys

UPS all the way **** you royal mail
#33
8bitkasper
They have the easiest job in the world and they can't even do that right! so too
right they should work the extra hours to make up for all the **** we
have to put up with ...its not hard at all to put a letter in letterbox...........
you dont see newspaper boys going on strike and thats all postmen
are are glorified paperboys

UPS all the way **** you royal mail

New account to post your views?
too scared of using your main one? Or perhaps you work for UPS?

Thanks for reviving a 4 year old thread though, it's really needed.

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