One of the last of the preposterous monopolies, The Post Office, hidebound by restrictive practices and over=manning, is going down (and down they will go) like the legless, armless knight in "Monty Python's and the Holy Grail" - "Come on you bastard, come here and I'll bite your ankles"
A union official came up with this gem:
"This is about a culture of management that seems to think in a democracy that the workforce have to do just what they’re told"
Well, sorry, but among other things, most workers do have to cover for people who are off sick, and surprise surprise, most of them don't sign on for an eight hour day and do four.
The Royal Mail is hanging by one, very significant thread. By a ruling that defies logic, it has kept its VAT free status. If that is taken away, TNT will be delivering your mail.
As for "democracy", it works both ways old bean. The management are perfectly entitled to employ who they want.
It's the last gasp of an anachronism. I remember all the arguments from the print unions, another cash rich, inflated bunch of bandits. I remember working in Fleet Street at the time, watching them sign on in the morning and then pissing off to the Mucky Duck. They are history. If the Royal Mail unions carry on like this, they will be too, for, this time they have no friends in the Labour Party.