As the door opened you could hear a droning, five…four…three…two… then the door shut before the final number was counted. The shop mail was hastily placed on the reception counter and the flustered-looking postman rushed out, without even a greeting to the staff in the shop. The urgency was to get back to the delivery van, press the off switch before the count of ‘one’ was complete.

The post delivery round is in a remote rural area, covering various villages and their businesses, the businesses get priority for the morning delivery over domestic post. No doubt, the postman had to get to the other villages and businesses on the route, each time, being counted out of his van with the individual deliveries and then being counted back. No two places have their counters or mail boxes in the same place.

Five seconds is a hellish and unrealistic time scale to work to per mail drop. What if it is not possible to park the van, (leaving the engine running for quick departure, which is illegal) close to where the mail needs to go. The postman is forced to double park as close as he can get. Other road users be damned! What if the conditions underfoot are slippery? We tend to have very inclement conditions; it can be icy in Winter; if there is a gale blowing, a regular feature of our climate, that can be another obstacle to timed speed deliveries. It is, in my view a recipe for an accident, it is also a recipe for developing, amongst other things, health problems.



  1. You are probably so right there, Tylluan. It is awful that individuals are being put through seriously flawed hoops like the one I witnessed. It is also, dreadful, in my view, that the individuals feel under pressure to perform such a practice, in the hope of retaining their work, which is their financial lifeline. The employers know there are not the work choices in this location for their workforce to move onto.

  2. Maybe they should think twice about striking in future…

    They really should learn that if they don’t like the conditions, go get another job. What will striking ever achieve?

    Increased prices to you and me, that’s what.

  3. Hi Bearcub,

    Our local posties in our remote location are not striking; we have deliveries, once a day as usual, on whatever post gets here. I think if I lived in a city or urban area now, and was in business, as you are, I would feel much as you do. However, whatever position evolves, the cost to you and me would go up anyway. It has for the last few years. That will not change.

    A concern that I have is, if the Royal mail is fractured beyond recognition, the areas cherry-picked will be serviced (at whatever cost) and areas like mine, will be a very poor relation, if we get a service that can be described in those terms, with an even higher cost base than anyone else. At the present time there are universal prices, that is valuable to people and businesses in remote places. Couriers can be a make or break cost item for a business.

    These employment issues are ones that can eventually kill whole communities, where it is desirable to maintain life. That applies as much to where I live, as anyone living in remote rural communities anywhere in the UK.

  4. It’s not so much as being a business owner that causes me to feel like this – it’s a lot more to do with the unions hamstringing the companies who carry out essential services. Really annoys me!

    But yes, I do agree that privatisation is definitely a bad thing!

  5. I’ve always felt that the unions wield too much power, especially when Labour is in power. I’ve always thought that the focus of good business management is to make the company as much money as possible – this makes the bosses happier and more likely to spend more on their employees. I know it works for me!

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