No impact after ballot

IN response to your article of Thursday, 21 June, titled ‘Vote to fight postal hive off’.

Your readers may have read about a consultative ballot of its members by the Communication Workers Union, which represents many postmen and women.

I would like to reassure people that there is no impact on their mail as a result of this consultative ballot. We continue to collect, sort and deliver your letters and parcels.

In business, when we work together, we achieve a lot.

Working with the CWU, we have delivered significant change which has benefited all of us, for example, a new regulatory regime. So going to the High Court last week, to seek an application for an injunction to prevent the CWU from inducing its members to refuse to handle Access mail, was not a decision that we made lightly.

We are committed to working with our unions on a new way forward for Royal Mail, our people and our customers.

Stuart Simpson

Operations Director

Royal Mail, North West

Rail chiefs do us disservice

Once again the north west is kicked in the teeth – this time by Network Rail by refusing to back Virgin’s bid to operate a direct service to London from Fylde.

Two trains a day is apparently going to play havoc with existing services. We are told the existing line is already over stretched and could not accommodate extra routes. I have read 375 trains a day go through Preston. If instead of running with two and four coaches, these trains were lengthened to six or 10 coaches, the amount of trains on the network could be reduced.

The busiest resort in the country is once again left in the lurch by the people who are supposed to be running our railways.

Have we heard a voice of protest from our borough council or our county council over this decision? Not a dicky bird. So much for our county council saying it wants the station at Kirkham and Wesham to be the hub of a transport policy. What a laugh.

We are now paying the price for our railway system having lines galore closed 50 years ago by the Tory party and the privatisation of the railways several years ago. Today, we have a railway system in this country which is the worst in Europe. The highest fares per mile for passengers to pay on a system that is run for the benefit of shareholders and fat cats and not for the advantage of ordinary passengers.

This decision by Network Rail to deny this through service to London must be reversed at the earliest opportunity. Network Rail says twice as many trains were using the West Coast Main Line compared to a decade ago.

On a Saturday in August either 1937 or 1938, I forget which, 676 trains passed through Kirkham North signal box in 24 hours and everything coped okay. It is a good job Network Rail weren’t in charge then. They can’t cope with 375 trains today. If they had been in charge then the railway system would have ground to a halt. Put railwaymen in charge, not accountants.

B Fare


Time for fair pay

New research revealed the nation’s pay has fallen 7.5 per cent since the financial crisis of 2008, with the North West taking the biggest dip of 10.6 per cent.

People have less spending power to support local businesses. The impact is putting local businesses and jobs at risk, as well as seeing growing numbers turning to local food banks.

The poorest half of the population has borne the brunt of Britain’s shrinking wage pie, and now receive just 12p of every pound of UK GDP – a 25 per cent fall since the late 1970s.

Yet since the 1980s, top bosses have seen pay rises as high as 4,000 per cent.

Cat Smith