So the Conservative Government and their lick spittle coalition partners have announced their plans to sell off Royal Mail. 500 years of History and they intend to punt it for purely ideological reasons, or perhaps to make rich bankers and money men even richer, which to be fair is the ideology of the Tory Party.
That’s really the crux of the issue: it’s led by greed. The Vultures are once again circling our country looking to see if there is any meat on the bones they have yet to steal. That’s who is going to buy these shares, bankers and investment funds looking for a quick buck, not normal people. There will be no “tell Sid!” campaign this time. This time they are not advertising the robbery, because they don’t want to share their loot.
Not quite true, they want to give 10% of it to the hard working posties. Only problem is, the postal workers see the £2,000 worth of shares for what it is, a sordid bribe, a bung, a back hander slipped to a night watchman to look the other way whilst a robbery takes place. 96% in the CWU ballot have told them to stick it.
I work for Royal Mail and I, like the people who work beside me, are proud to work for a public service. We know our company is not perfect, but it is better than anything else out there and it is certainly better than it will be if shareholders are siphoning off the profits. Weekly if not daily, one of the guys I work with will come back with a story of helping someone out, finding keys, push starting cars or even just knowing the correct number someone lives at on a wrongly addressed card. One of us got a lovely letter from a woman after giving her first aid after she lost the top of her finger in a car door and another was invited to The Queen’s Garden Party after pulling a woman from her burning car, taking her to the local Police Station then continuing on his round.
It’s not old fashioned to believe a public service shouldn’t have to earn money for 3rd parties. It’s not old fashioned to believe Royal Mail means something to communities and society and it’s not old fashioned for workers to refuse bribes for the greater good (despite how Tories think, that’s not what drives us all.)
Privatisation is a race to the bottom. First we will lose Saturday deliveries, then goes daily deliveries to outlying areas, then goes the Universal Service (one price for the whole of the UK.) Royal Mail won’t be a service any more, it will be a teat for Robber Barons to suckle on and their thirst for money is insatiable