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  1. I am told that after 2 days of talks, IOMPO made an offer to the CWU that was unanimously rejected at a mass meeting last night. Further talks are to be held next week. The union seem very confident they can reach a settlement ahead of the strike next week.
  2. Looks like they are out again for 3 days next month.
  3. I've been following a travel journal on youtube about 2 motorcyclists going through Europe. In Switzerland one was caught by an average speed trap at slightly under twice the limit of 80kph for that stretch mountain road. The on the spot fine was £3000 . That's right , 3 grand. On top of that, an immediate 3 month ban so he had to get the bike transported out of the country. If he had been twice the limit it would have been a prison sentence as well. I think that might get everyone's attention if we went down that route.
  4. I object because it's unimaginative slash & burn. As for expertise & remedy, I have none. I merely delivered the stuff.
  5. My argument is, it should never have got to this position if the senior management, board et al had done what they are extremely well paid to do. They have demonstrably failed.
  6. If you read IOMPO 5 year strategy, it's not a business plan at all. It is simply a long shopping list of cuts to manpower, services & pensions. There is some vague waffle regarding finding new revenue streams etc. which frankly, they should have been doing for the last 10 years. Instead they seemed to pretend this slow motion train crash of falling mail volumes would somehow go away. It hasn't & now they are in the shit.
  7. Julie Edge & CEO Simon Kneen have a 2 part interview on MTTV with Paul Moulton. Not a very good one either.
  8. Surprised at these U.K. posties bragging about xmas tips. The guys I worked with were pretty tight lipped about it though we all knew which walks & rural duties were the most lucrative. Quite possible that a local rural postie who has been on that duty for years might hit that figure. Most I ever did was £200 or so. I would say it is gradually declining over the years.
  9. A disproportionate number of the culprits are "rescue" dogs, nearly always having behavioural problems usually caused by previous owners being clueless or had the shit kicked out of them. These in turn are passed onto equally clueless new owners who delude themselves that they have a small person in a dog suit. Seen it time & time again.
  10. I was attacked 6 times whilst postman, by dogs that is, 2 requiring a trip to A&E. Believe me, it is a very frightening experience. I can tell you IOMPO response as an employer is shocking. The primary need for them is keep it quiet. Keep it out of the press, radio social media etc. lest it brings the white hot glare of bad publicity on them . Christ! do they hate that. A warning letter is supposed to go out to the owners. I never delivered one. Ever. Last year a postman was very badly bitten in the face by a large dog. He needed a couple of rounds of surgery. So traumatised was he that he could not return to work. Rather than support him they found it easier to sack him eventually. Not a peep about it hit the news.
  11. Don't know the nuts & bolts of it. Sorry.
  12. I think that was the Yodel contract. PO were outbid but the winner rapidly came unstuck & came running to PO to take a load of it of his hands. Of course PO trumpeted loudly how they had "won" a major contract when they had done nothing of the sort.
  13. Exactly. A lot of redundancies on the horizon.
  14. It's easypeasy. All postmen on a 6 day week, which is virtually all of them, work 43.5 hours. Some European working hours directive meant we only should work 35. So, other than chop a day of the weekly delivery, which at the time, the Universal Service obligation meant we couldn't, PO had to find another way. Hence the system of a lieu week every 6. Lets be clear. They are not getting something for nothing. The time off has already been worked for.
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