Posts Tagged ‘Royal Mail’

Royal Mail: never has a privatisation been so unjustifiable

by Michael Meacher.

Has there ever been a privatisation so threadbare in justification? The government has three excuses that are so easily demolished: Claim 1: it needs more investment which at a time of austerity can only come from the private sector. But Network Rail, which is in essence a public body, has borrowed sums on the private […]

Watch Dennis Skinner’s 2013 Queen’s Speech heckle

by Conrad Landin.

Nice one! Now join the campaign to Save Our Royal Mail.

The normalisation of temporary work

by Keir McCormack.

Apply for a temp position, and you’ll see just how harsh the jobs market is at the moment. When I was invited to interview for a three-week Christmas job at a Royal Mail sorting office, I was expecting that if I got it, I’d be one of many students sifting the letters. Especially with anxiety […]

The UK’s budget deficit is rising not falling

by Michael Burke.

The latest public sector borrowing data shows that the UK budget deficit is widening once more. Indeed despite a series of accounting adjustments which obscure the true picture, it is clear that the underlying trend is also towards rising, not falling deficits.

The rising cost of a stamp is the price of choosing market failure

by Jon Lansman.

Universal postal delivery is a natural monopoly. Encouraging competition, even without requiring a universal service, has eventually led all competitors to invest in parallel delivery mechanisms, covering households as well as businesses as internet shopping continually grows. There are precious few benefits for consumers — just more and more missed deliveries while they’re out at […]

90% strike vote sends warning to Romec

by Newsdesk.

Communication Workers Union (CWU) members have voted by more than nine to one in favour of strike action at facilities and maintenance company Romec in protest at “bullying” managers. Romec, a joint venture between multi-national Balfour Beatty and Royal Mail, provides services including electrical, plumbing, security and cleaning to Royal Mail, Post Office and Parcelforce. The […]

Why Cable’s postal Bill must be blocked

by Billy Hayes.

The coalition government’s Postal Services Bill cannot be criticised for lacking innovation. While Royal Mail remains state-owned it cannot really go bankrupt, but selling it brings the risk of bankruptcy. A universal service still has to be provided so the innovations of privatisation include provision for taxpayers to bail out in the event of such […]

Keep Royal Mail Public

by Jon Lansman.

Following the publication of the Postal Services Bill, the postal workers union, the CWU, has criticised the Coalition Government’s obsession with privatisation and warns that customers and post offices will suffer as a result of privatisation. Billy Hayes, CWU general secretary, said:

Reaching out to the Greens

by Billy Hayes.

(This article first appeared in Green World – the Green Party membership magazine) I was privileged to speak at a meeting at this year’s Green Party Conference.  We have our differences – I am a long standing member of the Labour Party, and the Communication Workers Union is affiliated to the Labour Party.  But on […]

CWU slam “politically motivated privatisation”

by Jon Lansman.

The Communication Workers Union today condemned plans announced today to privatise Royal Mail and vowed to fight the politically motivated move by all means. It described Royal Mail as “successful and modernising” and added “privatisation is unpopular and politically motivated-  to get hands on pension cash“.

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