It is unfortunately beyond our expectations that Post would pay a bonus to workers without any strings attached. But it is our expectation that they don’t make false and mischievous claims about workers’ attitudes to these things.
For example the CWU national office wrote to Post objecting to the restrictions on the bonus, such as having to meet CSOs (that are outside the control of members) and signing up to the digital mailbox.
Post, in reply, said they “are surprised to hear that employees do not want to register for the digital mailbox”. This is false and mischievous. Postal workers made it very clear that they didn’t want the pay changes sought by Post last year that would see them lose a week’s pay (paid on termination), take out a pay day loan to cover the loss and have to sign up to the digital mailbox because no paper payslips would be provided.
Post also said “the digital mailbox is a significant service that has been long sought by our workforce”. This is also false and mischievous. There are 100 obvious reasons for signing up to the digital mailbox. Not one of them has anything to do with being a service sought by postal workers.
Post boss Ahmed Fahour says he won’t take a bonus this financial year and his senior executives will have their bonuses cut by 50%. But on what basis are any of them entitled to a bonus at all given the so-called desperate situation of the organisation that they lead and manage? We’d all like a bonus that can be knocked back if you’re already paid enough (as in Ahmed’s case) or guaranteed 50% of your bonus (as in the case of the senior executives) irrespective of meeting any CSO related performance standards!
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