Sunday, 14 July 2013
The UK Government privatisation of Royal Mail
It was announced last week by the Conservative/Government that The Royal Mail will be sold off to the highest bidder in the near future.
The Government have valued the service at between £2-£3 billion Sterling. However to those who use and who work in the Royal Mail its worth considerably more. The British public weren't consulted about whether or not they, the users, wanted the Royal Mail sold, and further more, the workers of The Royal Mail actually voted against the sell off of their industry to the highest bidder. This is yet another example of this Governments utter disregard of the electorates democratic voice.
Oh sure, the Government throws in a 'sweetener' to make it appear as though the public and Royal Mail employees will gain from the big give away to 'whoever'.
On this occasion they have said that the workers of Royal Mail will be given (so its said) between 10% of shares and an an undisclosed pay rise. What we hasn't been made public is that the Government has told the Postmen that the rise & offer of '(free') shares is subject to them forgoing their right (s) of industrial action between now and Christmas 2013.
Now then people...... Why throw in this condition?? I wonder...?? Could it be that the Government, amid (secret) sales negotiations with would be buyers know/have planned to impose some draconian change in working conditions or pay which would be so outrageous that the workers have no option but to resort to protest. But due to the clause thrown in by Cameron & Vince Cable they are unable to do bugger all about it? I wonder.
So then how will the sale affect us, the users of Royal Mail?? Well, I reckon that (as usual with all sale(s) of public industries to the private sector, service will deteriorate. The price of postage will increase, people will use ever more electronic mail etc which will result in decreased use of the service with the subsequent laying off of Royal Mail workers.
I bet you a pound to a penny that deliveries will be even further reduced-especially for those customers who live in rural areas who may only get a delivery weekly.
So who will buy the Royal Mail??? Who has the financial clout to pay the knock down bargain price?
Not many UK buyers I reckon. But.... Last week the Chinese were in town meeting with Cameron....& I (along with a friend) believe that they, & they alone have the financial muscle to lay out that amount of money demanded by Cameron et al.
So there we have it. Further dismantlisation of a public owned British industry by the money motivated Conservative Government. Mark my words: The British public will live to regret this sell off. But don't hold me responsible I didn't vote Conservative & I DO NOT agree with the sale..