Black Friday Royal Mail strike to leave millions of items undelivered posing “major threat to UK retail”

A Royal Mail strike on Black Friday would cause millions of packages to be undelivered representing a “major threat to UK retail”.

Strike action is due to take place on unspecified dates across the Christmas period, after the Communications Workers Union (CWU) voted by an overwhelming majority to take action, threatening the first national postal strike in a decade.

As fears mount that the union would strike on Black Friday, new research from consulting firm BearingPoint warns that 8.5 million parcels would have to be handed to private carriers, costing them millions in higher postal fees.

According to BearingPoint’s partner Stuart Higgins, this is likely to have a “huge impact on the British Public”.

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“It is simply not going to be possible for retailers to re-allocate volume to other carriers over that period and the backlog created by an additional 8.5 million parcels over that one weekend could take a number of weeks to recover, dependent upon the length of the strike action, when it is considered on top of what is already an operational peak for sorting offices and parcel carriers across the country in the lead up to Christmas,” he said.

“A Black Friday strike could represent a major threat to UK retail at a time when the sector is desperate for a much-needed sales boost following a very lacklustre performance this year.

“If the CWU and its post office workers choose to strike during and immediately following Black Friday, their action will have a huge impact on the British public.”

Though specific dates for strike action have not yet been agreed, many fear that the union will aim to cause the maximum disruption possible.

CWU members said they are striking because Royal Mail is failing to meet an agreement reached last year, covering a raft of issues including job security and working hours.

The unions deputy general secretary Terry Pullinger said following the vote: “Just over one year ago the Royal Mail Group Board and the CWU agreed a blueprint agreement for the future, a progressive agreement that included a historic pension solution, a mutual interest driven relationship and a joint vision for a successful postal service with social aims.

“Today the new RMG leadership are breaking that agreement.

“Our members take honour seriously and have voted to fight for that agreement against those who now seek to break up the great British postal service in the interest of fast-track profit and greed.”

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ermmm… why do you think they are doing it at that time???Because it will cause the most damage!

There’s not point striking on a day when it won’t affect anything is there? Get a bloody grip.

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    I’m guessing you don’t work for royal mail so you don’t know what’s happening bottom end of it is we’re getting shafted at royal mail

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      Well said mate, my just is a postie and he is sick and tired of hearing strikes over pay and conditions…..it is over an agreement already made which this German bloke who has come in is renaging on.
      Also, it’s postie’s who suffer through striking….it’s normally only for 1 day and then they have to catch this up. There is no magic postie fairies who do the work for them!!!!

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Working hours… reduction in working hours based on productivity improvements… very little has changed, we didn’t meet targets last year and still got it and they want more…

Royal mail is a failing company populated by a aged work force beyond its sale by date looking to squeeze every bit out of it and contribute as minimum as possible, managed by a workforce of fresh young unqualified managers with no work experience or relevant job qualifications or back bones to deal with lazy unproductive staff who are backed up by a outdated union who want to turn royal mail into a social event for the incapable workforce.

The company is dying, it’s a matter of when, not if.

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    Well James. I was going along with your comments to a point. Lazy delivery staff who on average walk 10 to 12 miles a day with an over loaded work load unions that are out of date I don’t think so mate.
    Look at the proposed queens speech the change in pensions are a direct influence of this union to which in no doubt will be used by other companies and unions a like.

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    MR RICHARD J HEMMENS
    October 24, 2019 8:27 am

    James I couldn’t agree with you more.

    I used to work for Royal Mail in both a delivery capacity and a managerial role.

    Most people who work as postmen/women are too bone idle to realise they have it so cushty working for Royal Mail and are backed by a union who are living in the dark ages.

    I actually feel sorry for the managers as they are not allowed to manage as the union has far too much influence. They are more like glorified posties who are more often than not out delivering mail that postmen/women are too lazy to deliver themselves.

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      Management tosser

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      What’s up got too much for you Dick??

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      mr dean hammond
      October 24, 2019 6:51 pm

      And your mname is
      Dodge

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      TO Mr RICHARD H JEMMENS

      WELL DONE MATE, I HAVE AWARDED YOU ARSEHOLE OF THE YEAR!!!!

      When you worked for royal mail was it 1982??? My father was a postie then and it was easy, he was home by 10.30am…
      My husband is a postie now, 20 years on the job. Oh my how times have changed since he started…..local sorting offices closed and 6 of them merged into air craft hanger type buildings. So many staff to deal with the ‘managers’ can’t work out how to cover rolling days off or holidays…(u know, basic organisation). Then we come to the subject of absorption…..didn’t have that in your day I would suppose did you???
      Historically from my dad, husband, other relatives and friends in the post it’s idiots like you Mr JEMMENS in management which have generally fucked up the Queens postal service (or should I say now a days parcel service) to the state it is……….

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      If you were a manager then yes you would know what bone idle is Could not hack it as a postman so joined management sitting on there backside number crunching

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    Yes its an old company but when you have upper management taking huge bonuses and pay increases, you start to ask your self who’s holding the gun to who’s head.

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    Having worked for Royal Mail for 2 years I disagree with your analysis. The aging workforce reflects social trends, the job market and my colleagues (in the main) work hard and do the job expected of them. There are longer serving colleagues who, in my view, the take the job for granted and more experienced or even proactive managers would take action. If there is a strike it will be because the new senior management team believe they can renege on the recently settled 4 pillars agreement, made between the CWU and their director predecessors.

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The cwu are clever, real clever, if they think jobs are at risk, let’s strike to teach management a lesson, haha, the royal mail lose customers, that meet come back, and the end result is they lose jobs by striking. Shame that nobody can see it the cwu are giving royal mail to the reason, you stroked, we lost business, now we have to get rid of XX number of people. Cwu need to rethink the approach, it’s not the 1970s there are other choices for parcel delivery

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    Employees don’t want to strike.
    This is about honouring agreements and respecting the very people who make the company what it is.

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    And what do you suggest when all other options have been exhausted? Strike is a last resort. RM have broken their word. It is RM who have caused the strike, not the CWU. Give in to bullies and other companies follow suit with their employees. Good on the posties and CWU for taking a stand.

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Obviously.

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No point in a strike all they will do is lose money because of it my company no longer sends stuff via royal mail because of things like this and they lose so many items as well

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    Not using Royal Mail because of strike action?
    Last one was 2007?
    Trouble is people don’t stop using hermes or yodel no matter how many parcels go missing, just to save a bit of money, yet Royal Mail are the worst courier?

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If i was handed £6 million for taking over Royal Mail i wouldnt be bothered what happened to the workforce id just go back to my Swiss mansion if it went tits up whats another tens of thousands of lost jobs i could maybe blame Brexit

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Full strike action is required new management is trying bullying tactics in all offices and are stripping the company of all its assets and splitting the company up !

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Bit difficult to manage people when they’re able to choose their own routes by seniority, can refuse overtime, can leave post behind if they think they will run over, can’t be reprimanded in any meaningful way unless they actually break the law and have a union that will force managers out over a petty dispute.

My manager was forced out of his previous office by the union because he was trying to allocate a route to someone who was a good fit for it. But senior staff wanted to pick it because it should have been available so they went to the union to make a fuss and he was forced to concede.

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    Overtime is a choice thats why it’s called overtime
    Any manager that is using there power to Force people into do overtime should lose there job or the company should be taken to court for bullying
    As Technology it should be use to help the work environment not to monitor stuff and spy on them and make the workers the heart beat company feel comfortable when working
    Don’t us technology to beat the workers over the head with

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    Really.I have worked for Royal Mail for 20 years and I am not going to called bone idle by anyone.I have seen the mess managers make,because they themselves are bone idle.I agree that the Union should stop backing the staff who continue to think their job is to do as little as possible,but that applies to a very small minority.As for seniority for walks,that is the last thing we have left.If we didn’t have that,a manager would just place their blueyes into the position and if you think that is fair than you really are daft.

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    What a load of crap you talk

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    Clearly you don’t work in RM…. If you were subjected to what we have to put up with. May be you would show more respect!

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Firstly, nothing has been decided and talks are ongoing.
Secondly, everything will be delivered, even if there are strikes, not all postys are in the union – so they will work, agency and management will do a bit too.
There will be delays IF a strike is announced, but it will be delivered.
STOP SCAREMONGERING!! And stick up for the working class.
Ignorant journalism.

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Can refuse overtime?? What planet are you on? Why do you think you can force somebody to work extra hours against their will? Good grief are you a royal mail manager?

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This is how I see it…. we did get a good agreement and yes that should be honoured…. most posties work dam hard… If we had a decent management structure….. God when I look around there are tons of savings to be made and they don’t do it speak to some of the managers they want out what chance we got. Don’t think this company will last long….. to many overheads and not getting the work unless things change we are doomed.

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Notice all the ex employees who couldn’t cut it are slagging off the workforce as usual. So it’s ok to break legal agreements and ruin a national institution and make thousands redundant is it? Your mail may be a little late. So sorry!!!!!!

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    To right mate
    wonder if any delivery company will deliver his letters let’s hope you haven’t got any important letters from the hospital

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Cmon the posties

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Well said vinny

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Got to laugh at some of these comments. Ignorant, too right some commenting are, the public will be ever so angry if they don’t get their parcel. If RMG & the board get their way, there may be no more RM. ok if you can afford to use couriers who charge a fortune. What about those who can’t? Management failures are what’s cause this mess. And anyone who hasn’t pounded the streets for five hours in all weathers, really need to have a crack at it. Then comment on lazy postal workers.

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It’s quite sad to see people who think that this is just postal workers moaning for no reason!
As a postie myself I can tell you that we are definitely NOT lazy, I walk 12-15 miles a day and non stop, in ALL weather and I live in Scotland!! This dispute is not something little, we are fighting to protect our jobs and the service we provide the public! We don’t want to go on strike, we only want what’s was already agreed to us last year.
More people should be unionised, maybe we wouldn’t have 0 hour contracts and crap pay in so many jobs if they were, people forget there is strength in numbers. No one should have to put up with poor working conditions and companies ripping apart their t&c’s!

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Open your eyes !! I’m a hard working postman out in all weathers delivering the queens mail. We don’t want to strike we lose money. The problem lies with Rico Back who’s come into the business with a golden handshake of £5.8 million, hovered up hundreds of thousands of shares living in Zurich overlooking a lake – and that’s acceptable ??. He’s came in and literally wants to rip up our terms and conditions we fought for 18 months ago and refuse to accept our trade union !!. Is he related to Hitler ? Arsehole !!

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I worked as a postman for 2 year. I was told I would be a driver. Never did. I walked 12 miles a day. I was most days. 1.5 hours over my pay. I can assure anyone I couldn’t have done it quicker or better. Never got paid those hours. Out in all weather. Serious grief from managers and public. I just got told I wasn’t quick enough. Exactly the same as those postmen who had done it for 20+ years

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Right let’s stop all the name calling and behave like civilised adults. I work for royal mail and get up at four in the morning to get to work and finish at three or four in the afternoon five days a week and have a rolling rest day which I bloody need. Most of us work six days a week and work hard all year and we care about our customers but the top management have pulled away from the four pillars agreement. So we voted yes to get our union and top management to get a deal at the top table. We dont want to go on strike because we all have Bill’s and other commitments but we will if we have to . To protect our jobs and stop the job being carved up by greedy people.

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Wow, so much slagging off the working man, you enjoy a 40 hour working week, holiday pay and sick pay, its unions that got that for you, unless you think gracious companies would happily hand that over get a grip

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Rico gets his way…. 40-80,000 posties on the dole. All those slagging us off because we want to keep our jobs, pension and take pride in the service we provide…. well our CEO will thank you for that while YOU LOT pay our dole money, he won’t, he hasn’t paid a PENNY of tax since hes been our CEO even on the 6million quid golden hello.
Careful what you working class tories want… or hey, here’s a thought, WAKE UP YOU’RE BEING LIED TO!

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Working as a postman it is not easy.I understand that most people complain about the ageing employees that shouldn’t work there, or the fact that items get lost, or that RM doesn’t provide good services. The situation is that no one knows how is to walk for miles daily in all types of weather, staying with the bag full of items in front of a door that will not open because some of us are too lazy to actually open it to get the item that we ordered.Some of us are to lazy to actually go to the corner shop to buy toilet paper or water but we order it online and after that if it is not left in front of the door we go to the post office and complain that the postman did not leave my item as I specified, without knowing that the management changes require now to hand the items to the person in hand.Most of us don’t know that a human being is delivering our letters and parcels, and human errors can occur, a person can get tired at any age if you need to go up and down the stairs for at least 4 hours.The people working as postman don’t have to deliver as it was in the past a block of flats and go home, some have 10 some have more plus the houses with one or more apartments and basements. The workload is bigger, a part of the items delivered from amazon have actually RoyalMail stamp and also a number of flyers that you receive every once in a while is delivered by RM. Everyone likes to talk from their perspective but not stopped for one second to think what it is happening behind the doors and what is the real reason for the strike. It is not a simple decision thinking that going into strike means to loose your salary for one hour or days but for the amount of work and stress that some of the postman and women need to endure every day better work conditions, respect and a bit of consideration it is needed. From the perspective of service towards the customers it will improve if the postman/postwoman work life is improved.

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Andrew Mcintyre
October 26, 2019 8:58 am

Well said georgia,a postpersons job in a nutshell and why we voted yes 👍

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