October 26, 2006 05:07 ET

Postal Managers Forced To Deliver Mail

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 26, 2006) - Amicus, Britain's biggest private sector union will today (26,10,2006) criticise Royal Mail for using bullying tactics to force managers to deliver the post themselves.

Staff shortages at Royal Mail mean that overworked administrative managers are being forced to take to the streets to deliver the mail. A duty that managers are not contractually required to do but they have been motivated by their commitment to maintaining excellent levels of customer service.

The managers are annoyed that they received a lower pay award of 2.9% this year than other managers at Royal Mail who received 3.9%.

The union are warning that hundreds of discontented managers are ready to refuse to deliver the mail, an extra duty on top of a workload which has been steadily increasing due to staff shortages. In the last 18 months the Royal Mail have made 3500 job cuts acr oss manager grades.

To make matters worse many managers have also been asked to re-apply for their jobs as Royal Mail claim they are testing new ways of working but are failing to explain why they are doing this. The process is exacerbating stress and insecurity within the manager grades.

Managers across the UK are being asked to deliver the mail but the practice is particularly pronounced in the South West, North West and Scotland where many managers are delivering the mail 2-3 times a week and some are doing it everyday.

Amicus National Officer, Paul Reuter says,

"Royal Mail managers have been working beyond the call of duty for too long with too little reward. We are receiving reports from hundreds of managers that this year they will be refusing to bow to Royal Mail's bullying tactics.

Increasing work loads and staff shortages are taking its toll on Royal Mail managers. Amicus is calling for a meeting with Alan Leighton to demand that this practice ceases and to work with the unions to find alternative ways to meet demand."

Contact Information

  • Amicus Press Office
    Ciaran Naidoo
    07768 931 315