Post Office staff turn down job move contracts from WHSmith

Echo: Post Office staff turn down job move contracts from WHSmith Post Office staff turn down job move contracts from WHSmith

NONE of the staff at Basildon Post Office have accepted transfers or new contracts with WHSmith.

Post Office bosses announced last week they were pressing ahead with plans to close the branch in East Square and move services into WHSmith in Town Square – 50 metres away.

The Communication Workers Union, which staged a number of strikes against the proposals, has now revealed all of the 14 employees have opted for payouts.

Garrie Bond, South Essex representative, said: “WHSmith could technically change the terms and conditions of contracts after just one day, so workers could find themselves on minimum wage.

“Understandably, they don’t want to do the same job and be even busier, but for less money.

“For some staff, it is what they want, because they are at the right stage in life to stop working, but for the majority it has been very upsetting.

“The pain is going to be felt by the public. I think everyone is going to be in for a shock.

“More than 250 years of combined experience has gone.

“Customers are complaining about long queues now, but they are only going to get worse.

“WHSmith is going to have to get new people in who haven’t worked for the Post Office before.”

The existing Basildon Post Office will close on Wednesday, March 26, with six new counters opening in WHSmith the next day.

Customers will be able to access services from 9am until 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday, and between 10am and 2pm on Sundays – an extra five hours a week.

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12:44pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Anyone after a Post Office Counters job?

Ask down the DWP if they have any vacancies coming up.......
Anyone after a Post Office Counters job? Ask down the DWP if they have any vacancies coming up....... Howard Cháse

1:34pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Anyone after a Post Office Counters job?

Ask down the DWP if they have any vacancies coming up.......
Are you applying?
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Anyone after a Post Office Counters job? Ask down the DWP if they have any vacancies coming up.......[/p][/quote]Are you applying? Kim Gandy

3:01pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Peter245 says...

Where do I apply?
Where do I apply? Peter245

4:09pm Tue 11 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Probably good business sense, the new WHSmith - posties can be hired for less, and will always better to start with new a bunch of untainted, militant workers, who'll be glad to have a job, and grateful for their pay packet.
Probably good business sense, the new WHSmith - posties can be hired for less, and will always better to start with new a bunch of untainted, militant workers, who'll be glad to have a job, and grateful for their pay packet. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

7:08am Wed 12 Feb 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Shame. Why dont they put post offices in big supermarkets , like waitrose
Shame. Why dont they put post offices in big supermarkets , like waitrose CHRISTMAS CAROL

9:02am Wed 12 Feb 14

robb789 says...

Did i read this right - relocated 50 meters, hardly like moving job to Milton Keynes? I guess it comes down to do you want this job or not??
Did i read this right - relocated 50 meters, hardly like moving job to Milton Keynes? I guess it comes down to do you want this job or not?? robb789

10:38am Wed 12 Feb 14

Barry Bas says...

robb789 wrote:
Did i read this right - relocated 50 meters, hardly like moving job to Milton Keynes? I guess it comes down to do you want this job or not??
If I'm reading this correctly I think the problem is that it is not just relocating. They would cease to be employees of the Post Office/Royal Mail and be employees of WHSmiths.
[quote][p][bold]robb789[/bold] wrote: Did i read this right - relocated 50 meters, hardly like moving job to Milton Keynes? I guess it comes down to do you want this job or not??[/p][/quote]If I'm reading this correctly I think the problem is that it is not just relocating. They would cease to be employees of the Post Office/Royal Mail and be employees of WHSmiths. Barry Bas

12:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

DannyK86 says...

Perhaps the Post Office staff didn't want to have to try and desperately flog a large bar of Dairy Milk to every customer they serve.

I hate WHSmith stores with a passion, and always do my very best to avoid them - they try too hard to be a jack of all trades, and are not market leaders or good value in anything they sell (stationery, sweets, papers, books, snacks) .
Perhaps the Post Office staff didn't want to have to try and desperately flog a large bar of Dairy Milk to every customer they serve. I hate WHSmith stores with a passion, and always do my very best to avoid them - they try too hard to be a jack of all trades, and are not market leaders or good value in anything they sell (stationery, sweets, papers, books, snacks) . DannyK86

1:47pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Barry Bas says...

DannyK86 wrote:
Perhaps the Post Office staff didn't want to have to try and desperately flog a large bar of Dairy Milk to every customer they serve. I hate WHSmith stores with a passion, and always do my very best to avoid them - they try too hard to be a jack of all trades, and are not market leaders or good value in anything they sell (stationery, sweets, papers, books, snacks) .
I tend to only go into WHSmiths to buy a newspaper or magazine as they are the same price everywhere, as for anything else they sell you can usually find it cheaper in other shops in the town.
[quote][p][bold]DannyK86[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the Post Office staff didn't want to have to try and desperately flog a large bar of Dairy Milk to every customer they serve. I hate WHSmith stores with a passion, and always do my very best to avoid them - they try too hard to be a jack of all trades, and are not market leaders or good value in anything they sell (stationery, sweets, papers, books, snacks) .[/p][/quote]I tend to only go into WHSmiths to buy a newspaper or magazine as they are the same price everywhere, as for anything else they sell you can usually find it cheaper in other shops in the town. Barry Bas

2:44pm Wed 12 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
Shame. Why dont they put post offices in big supermarkets , like waitrose
Same reason they dont put big Women in small cars...
[quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: Shame. Why dont they put post offices in big supermarkets , like waitrose[/p][/quote]Same reason they dont put big Women in small cars... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

4:02pm Wed 12 Feb 14

pembury53 says...

Barry Bas wrote:
robb789 wrote: Did i read this right - relocated 50 meters, hardly like moving job to Milton Keynes? I guess it comes down to do you want this job or not??
If I'm reading this correctly I think the problem is that it is not just relocating. They would cease to be employees of the Post Office/Royal Mail and be employees of WHSmiths.
exactly, with entirely different terms and conditions, almost certainly all far worse, otherwise i'm sure most would have accepted the move...
[quote][p][bold]Barry Bas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]robb789[/bold] wrote: Did i read this right - relocated 50 meters, hardly like moving job to Milton Keynes? I guess it comes down to do you want this job or not??[/p][/quote]If I'm reading this correctly I think the problem is that it is not just relocating. They would cease to be employees of the Post Office/Royal Mail and be employees of WHSmiths.[/p][/quote]exactly, with entirely different terms and conditions, almost certainly all far worse, otherwise i'm sure most would have accepted the move... pembury53

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