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News Archive > General > Morning postal service at risk

Morning postal service at risk

By Adele Moore 13th September 2017

Morning postal service at risk
St Austell posties heading to the meeting at the sorting office on Monday

RESIDENTS and businesses in St Austell are at risk of losing their morning postal deliveries - prompting Royal Mail staff to consider industrial action in the run-up to Christmas.

Staff are challenging three proposals from Royal Mail - including one which would see mail arrive at homes and businesses around six hours later in the day. They are also unhappy about a planned pay increase of 0.25 per cent over two years, and changes to pensions.

Ralph Ferrett is branch secretary of the Plymouth and East Cornwall amalgamation of the Communications Workers Union. He said bosses want to delay the time that mail arrives at the distribution office for sorting, from 6am to 11.30am. This would mean post arrives at homes and businesses towards the very end of the working day.

“Under these plans, nobody can expect to receive post in the morning,” said Mr Ferrett.

“Lots of businesses run a tight supply chain and deal with correspondence on the same day.

They deal with post quickly - especially cheques. If post arrives at 3,4 or 5pm, it gives businesses no possibility to act on things the same day.”

Mr Ferrett said that at present, the Royal Mail is a private company with a duty to perform a public service - delivering mail each day to 29 million properties. This is called a Universal Service Obligation.

“We think this move is a precursor to getting the regulator to water down the USO. People will see fewer deliveries," he said.

Mr Ferrett also said that the planned pay increase was so slight, it actually amounted to a defacto pay cut.

“We think that these changes are directly related to the impact of privatisation,” he said. “This is an example of rabid cost cutting.”

Workers met at the distribution office on Stennack Road, Holmbush, on Monday morning as part of a National Gate Meeting, to discuss an upcoming ballot about industrial action, organised by the CWU.

Staff will receive ballot papers this Saturday regarding industrial action and have until October 3 to respond.

In the meantime, Mr Ferrett said he hopes to find a solution with Royal Mail.

He added: “We are hopeful the company will turn back from these outrageous plans. Our objective is not to have strike action. We have spent months and months negotiating with them and we are here 24/7 to talk.”

By Adele Moore 13th September 2017

Tony Pickup 13th September 2017 11:53
No change there then. There are days even now when we don´t receive our mail until the afternoon.
Paul Roberts 13th September 2017 20:51
Morning Deliveries? Not sure who gets these but our mail is generally delivered at around 2pm. I am not blaming the hard working staff but I do blame the organisation/company. I do not think we have had a morning delivery in the 7 years since we moved into the town or the preceding 10 years we lived in Stenalees.

My parents in Manchester even get deliveries on bank holidays...something I have never seen here. Why is Cornwall treated so differently?

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