There are now 403 million reasons why Royal Mail should not be privatised. Financial results for Royal Mail just announced show that operating profits in the latest 52 weeks jumped to £403m, from £105m in the previous year. The government has signalled it intends to press ahead with a deeply unpopular privatisation even though Royal Mail achieved this return to profitability while remaining in the public sector.
Forty-seven members of Congress have signed a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe urging him to stand by his commitment to keep more than 70 mail processing facilities open until next spring.
“We believe it would be imprudent of the United States Postal Service (USPS) to close or eliminate processing of mail, at any facility, ahead of schedule,” the May 20 letter [PDF] says.
The letter was written in response to management’s decision to close or consolidate 71 mail processing facilities this year that were scheduled for possible consolidation in 2014.
Maintaining operations at the mail processing centers would allow Congress to take action on postal reform legislation, the letter said. “It is critically important the Postal Service not preempt Congressional action by unilaterally moving forward with elimination of overnight delivery, allowing for major shutdowns across the country of mail processing facilities,” the letter said.
The letter was initiated by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and was signed by numerous legislators who represent districts where facilities are set to close ahead of the timeframe the USPS announced last year. Rep. DeLauro has spearheaded efforts to prevent the closure of the Southern Connecticut Mail Processing Facility, said Bob Johnson, president of the Greater Connecticut Area Local. Her office has worked closely with Northeast Region Coordinator John H. Dirzius and the local on these efforts, he said.
The letter echoes requests by the APWU urging the Postmaster General to honor the commitment made to communities, lawmakers and postal workers, and encouraging legislators to move quickly to prevent the USPS from implementing the consolidations ahead of schedule.
In a May 16 letter to affected local and state presidents, Executive Vice President Greg Bell noted, “The Postal Service continues to use the lack of action by Congress to justify moving forward with its mail processing consolidations plan. By accelerating plans to close mail processing centers, the Postal Service intends to make saving these facilities a moot point.”
President Cliff Guffey praised the letter. “We are pleased that these members of Congress have recognized the urgency of the situation,” he said. “Accelerating the consolidations will unnecessarily disrupt the lives of employees, harm communities, delay service, and drive away customers,” he said.
“If management is preparing to close your plant and your representative has not signed the letter, we encourage you to find out why,” he added.
A North Texas postal worker has pleaded guilty to one count of theft of mail, according to records filed in Dallas federal court Monday. Now he faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine — all for stealing two gift cards totaling $75.
A San Francisco company is taking paperless to the next level, converting all conventional mail and sending it to your smartphone or tablet.
Nominations for the Postal Technology International Awards 2013 have opened. The awards are designed to recognise and reward all the hard work currently taking place in the postal industry.
The awards cover various areas of the industry and nominations can be put forward by anyone working in the sector. The categories are: Automation Technology of the Year; Digital Mail Innovation of the Year; Environmental Achievement of the Year; Last Mile Delivery Innovation of the Year; Retail Innovation of the Year; Service Provider of the Year; and Supplier of the Year.
MANILA, May 21 (PIA) — The Philippine Postal Corporation (PhlPost) has partnered with the world’s leading express services provider, DHL to provide more shipping options to its customers.
“Our partnership will see us leverage on the extensive network and services of DHL Express to further boost our product offerings and reach. It will extend over and beyond the maximum weight limit permissible and outside of the existing serviceable countries of our Express Mail Service,” said Philippine Postal Corporation CEO and Postmaster General Manager Josefina dela Cruz.
Dela Cruz added that the partnership will enable them to be more globally competitive and ready to serve the increasing demands of customers through the provision of prompt and affordable services.
Postal staff in Jersey could be used to check on older, disabled or isolated islanders as part of their rounds.
The idea for the Call and Check scheme came from a postman after workers were asked what other services could be offered as demand for post falls.
Staff who opt in for the voluntary scheme would report anything unusual or suspicious they notice while out delivering mail.
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The state-owned delivery company will unveil earnings of between £300m and £400m in its full-year results this week, up from £211m last year, according to analysts.
The strong performance will boost Royal Mail ahead of its planned £3bn stockmarket listing, expected later this year, in what would be the biggest privatisation for 20 years.
The news is the latest blow to the Coalition’s plans to privatise the UK’s national postal service by March next year.
Last week it emerged that the Bow Group, a Tory think tank, was warning Conservative MPs against selling off Royal Mail.
The National Federation of Sub-Postmasters, which represents thousands of post offices, will call for an immediate delay in plans to privatise Royal Mail amid “serious concerns over the future of the post office network”.