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The Central Scrutiniser

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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.
  15. For years IOMPO paid about a million and half quid to treasury from profits annually. Now their making a loss, treasury are raiding the reserve fund for it. All this stuff is in the public domain if you wade through hansard.
  16. Whilst on this topic, postmen are not paid for the first 1/2 hour if they are over on their delivery.
  17. Too late for the 20 million P.O. had built up in reserves. They have had there grubby fingers in that already.
  18. Just to clarify, P.K. the P.O. pension is completely outside the Gov. one. It is administered by a board of trustees, including P.O. management & Union. It is currently in surplus.
  19. Royal Mail went through this last year. What they ended up with was a "combined" scheme. I honestly don't know the mechanics of it. I imagine the CWU will push for a similar compromise system.
  20. I'm not in any union. I'm retired. All the information is in my previous answer. It is very simple mathematics.
  21. I see you paid attention in maths class. Well done.
  22. It's 4 weeks up to 10 years service. 5 after 10 years, then 6 after 15 years. Not to be confused with the additional 1 week in 6 rest week. This because postmen are contracted for a 35 hour week. They actually work 43.5 (I think). so the accumulated excess hours are taken in lieu.
  23. In a nutshell, LL, P.O. want to close the existing DB pension scheme to new entrants, to be replaced with an inferior DC scheme, simply cash out on retirement. The current scheme is well funded but will require higher contributions from both sides. PO won't cough up their share. Average pay is circa 26k. Some receive driving and/or shift allowance. New entrants will start on 18K rising to a max 22k ONLY at the discretion of management. No collective bargaining. The Saturday delivery will end. This would result a lot of redundancies. Possibly 25 so I've been told. A redundancy scheme was agreed a few years ago should it be required. PO now trying to wriggle out of it.
  24. I can't comment with any real accuracy why they are loosing money. They tendered for 30 odd contracts in last couple years or so. All were unsuccessful. I presume they were simply uncompetitive on price. It's not like they lack the infrastructure.
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