Tag: Communication Workers Union – CWU

Post union signs no-strike deal

Consignia, the postal group, yesterday signed a three-month no-strike deal with the Communication Workers’ Union, suggesting that this year’s Christmas post will escape industrial action

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Consignia says facing financial crisis; 'drastic' action needed

Consignia, formerly known as the Post Office, said it is facing a financial crisis and will need to cut its cost base by 15 pct or 1.2 bln stg by March 2003, according to an internal memo.

The document, leaked to the Communication Workers Union, admits Consignia is moving into a loss again for only the second time in 18 years and unless “drastic action” is taken the group “will fail as a business not just this year but in following years”.

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Licence awards leave Royal Mail facing death by a thousand cuts

ARE WE about to witness the death, by a thousand cuts, of the Royal Mail? Yesterday Hays, the distribution and logistics company, was awarded the first licence to operate against Royal Mail. But no sooner had the regulator signed off Hays’s licence to operate business services in London, Manchester and Edinburgh than two other would-be rivals popped up – UK Mail a division of Business Post and Deya

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Postal workers may strike over Royal Mail vehicle fleet sell-off

THE ROYAL Mail and Parcelforce yesterday put their entire 40,000-
strong vehicle fleet up for sale in a move denounced by unions as further
evidence of the creeping privatisation of postal services. Consignia, the group formerly known as the Post Office, said its
preferred option was to form a joint venture in which it would retain a 51 per
cent stake. But a spokesman added that an outright sale of the fleet remained
an option.

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CWU Gen Sec chastises a postal regulator bent on delivering Royal Mail workers' labour into the hands of the private sector

THE Post Office is a monopoly. It is strange that recent conditioning means
that I almost feel apologetic about this disgraceful state of affairs. I feel as if I should add: “I’m sorry about this. Naturally, I will do everything I can to end it. I know that monopolies are bad.” But the truth is that I don’t feel that way at all. I don’t even feel that there should be a debate about it. A postal monopoly is not good, bad or indifferent, it is a fact – like the fact
that there is only one Monopolies Commission. No other organisation could begin to compete with Royal Mail in any serious way. The fact that it has remained unchallenged as the nation’s mail carrier for 350 years is not because no-one else has been interested in the business or that noone has noticed that there is a postal service. No-one has tried to enter the market because there is no room for two parallel enterprises moving mail across the country.

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