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[challenge entry] I never use it but it's nice to know it's there.

From the New Ways To Deliver The Mail challenge. See all 239 entries (closed)

(, Fri 30 Oct 2009, 21:09, archived)
# This is full of win
and awesome.
(, Fri 30 Oct 2009, 21:11, archived)
# you are jeremy clarkson
(, Fri 30 Oct 2009, 21:12, archived)
# I never realised how sinister the mail was.
(, Fri 30 Oct 2009, 21:12, archived)
# top notch work
solidarity to the postal workers
(, Fri 30 Oct 2009, 21:12, archived)
# Hoorj!
I was looking for jobs down the local Job Centre earlier (I prefer to use their own touch-screen computers because the software is better than the search engine on their website), and saw Royal Mail temp work. Fuck me, it was a lot of hard work for not much more than minimum wage. For £5.80 an hour I'd at least want a regular schedule, not 'you'll come in when we want you to'. It gave me a lot more respect for what posties have to do.
(, Fri 30 Oct 2009, 21:16, archived)
# That's temps.
In fact, it should give you less respect for what they go through because now you know that the permanent staff have temps to do all the hard work while they have it easy.
(, Fri 30 Oct 2009, 21:25, archived)
# Have you even read the news?
(, Sun 1 Nov 2009, 9:23, archived)
# Speaking as a former postie
(, Sun 1 Nov 2009, 11:01, archived)
# ^ this
My sis is a postie and she works her arse off. And she voted not to strike.
(, Sun 1 Nov 2009, 13:13, archived)
# ^ (albeit maybe not quite as harshly:-))
(, Mon 2 Nov 2009, 10:25, archived)
# Arf!
(, Fri 30 Oct 2009, 21:16, archived)
# Take that to the bank!
(, Fri 30 Oct 2009, 21:17, archived)
# hahaha!
(, Fri 30 Oct 2009, 22:11, archived)
# I declare...
Utter genius!
(, Fri 30 Oct 2009, 23:09, archived)
# :D
(, Sat 31 Oct 2009, 13:10, archived)
(, Sat 31 Oct 2009, 23:22, archived)
# Aww
I feel bad for mocking them now! :P
(, Sun 1 Nov 2009, 1:09, archived)
# About time, too!
At last. Someone who isn't just complaining about the inconvenience of the postal strike, on a forum populated by people who most likely rarely use royal mail anyway.
The posties are striking for a good reason and I think it's a shame that more people don't understand or applaud any kind of industrial action these days.
Few people these days are prepared to accept the fact that they are albeit the modern, service-oriented, phone-monkey, home-owning version of working class and so fail to recognise when people are standing up and fighting against the cynical, profiteering business and political classes who see us as drones in their money-oriented travesty of a social system.
(, Sun 1 Nov 2009, 1:09, archived)
# But...
Industrial action is fine if it's only affecting the company the union is striking against and not the general public, but for people like me that run a small business and either rely on cheques arriving on time (so we can pay our own employees and suppliers) or delivering goods to other businesses or consumers, this kind of industrial action is seriously hurting us too – and all because they can’t get round a table an work out their differences like grown-ups.
I don’t profess to know all the ins and outs of why they can’t negotiate a settlement, all I know is their actions are indirectly hurting the small businesses of Britain just as we’re trying to keep our heads above water at the end of a year long recession. I wish they would just go back to work and if need be strike next year when we’re out of recession and better able to cope with the consequences of their actions.
(, Sun 1 Nov 2009, 10:27, archived)
# Your attitude is astounding.
Basically, you're saying "I don't know and I don't care".

Well you should, because the posties are getting screwed.

If your business model is so weak that a couple of days of no post is going to ruin you, then your business model is pretty fucking shit.
Start paying a different courier, then you'll know how much it really costs and realise why the posties are trying to keep your service so fucking cheap, you fucking cheapskate.
(, Sun 1 Nov 2009, 11:17, archived)
(, Sun 1 Nov 2009, 11:36, archived)
# Sigh
No that's not what I was saying, and I don't think attacking me personally and reducing my opinion to a simplistic statement of "I don't know and I don't care" is very productive.

I was merely saying that other hard working people (mostly small and family run businesses) who have had a difficult enough time with the recession and credit being pulled by banks are the real losers in this pissing contest between Royal Mail and the CWU.

I hope the posties do get their way but not at the expense of other companies that aren't large enough to weather all these negative external forces - and yes, my business is strong enough to survive these strikes and many more, but I know of other companies who are more reliant on the postal service and telling them they deserve to be ruined because they rely on the Royal Mail is pretty harsh. The reality is that if they do survive, they will adapt and they will use alternative mail delivery services - like Amazon is now doing.
(, Sun 1 Nov 2009, 15:10, archived)
# .
(, Mon 2 Nov 2009, 13:45, archived)
# hmmmm
(, Tue 3 Nov 2009, 4:53, archived)
# what you are experiencing is the power of organised labour.
that's kind of the point with strike action. it shows the bosses that the workers are pretty indespensible and when organised can't be fucked around.
(, Sun 1 Nov 2009, 14:10, archived)
# Woo!
Power to the posties!

Damn, that sounded sarcastic...
(, Sun 1 Nov 2009, 8:51, archived)
[challenge entry]
(, Sun 1 Nov 2009, 11:35, archived)
# Too damned true.
And nicely illustrated.
(, Sun 1 Nov 2009, 11:18, archived)
# It's a good gag
Just a shame it's nicked off Dave Spikey
(, Sun 1 Nov 2009, 12:23, archived)
# I don't know who Dave Spikey is, but I suppose it's impossible that it occurred to both of us independently.
(, Sun 1 Nov 2009, 12:49, archived)
# wasn't his joke either
(, Mon 2 Nov 2009, 11:12, archived)
# Dave Spikey
is probably one of the least likely comedians to ever think of a joke that hasnt been thought up by 10 other people
(, Mon 2 Nov 2009, 11:21, archived)
# If that's the case sir,
then I apologise. But it was almost verbatim so forgive me if I jumped to the wrong conclusion
(, Mon 2 Nov 2009, 20:52, archived)
# Actually,
Jesus came up with this joke during his stint on the hit TV show The Comedians followed by his usual catchphrase "God knows!"

He had no penis...
(, Mon 2 Nov 2009, 14:31, archived)
# I like this a lot
and applaud the sentiment. Bravo, sir!
(, Sun 1 Nov 2009, 21:02, archived)
# Full of woo!
Here in the wild west of Canada we can only dream of a postal service that actually works. Canada Post is shite, overpriced and shite again in case its unfortunate users accidently have a good experience of it. I still don't want to go home to Teh Blighty though.
(, Mon 2 Nov 2009, 3:33, archived)
# Overnight?
Are you sure?
(, Mon 2 Nov 2009, 13:04, archived)
# *applauds*
Too much moaning in this country, and not enough respect for people being put under more and more pressure.
(, Mon 2 Nov 2009, 15:38, archived)
# I use it a lot for my business.
And I am constantly grateful that our postal system is unlike any other in the world that I have encountered. This is a truly fab sentiment and artwork, which deserves the many clickages I am about to give it.
(, Mon 2 Nov 2009, 17:12, archived)
# hang on a min....
hang on a min though...

it's not 'the royal mail' who are striking.

it's their staff...

it's not their staff who set their prices... but if they demand more money the prices will surely go up.

it will only go further to putting 'the royal mail' in jepoardy if the staff continue to strike...

so i don't get it...

yes... more power to them... staff that is.. not the royal mail.. who set the prices.... they are evil... somehow....
(, Tue 3 Nov 2009, 8:31, archived)
# One tick, there...
The staff have been shit on for years, have had effective pay cuts (more hours, no/tiny pay increases that don't keep up with inflation) and the like.

The Royal Mail has obligations to the country that companies have been taking advantage of to force the RM to deliver "their" mail at lower prices than the RM can provide.

Just another example of fairly decent people who work in a job that means something to them, having that meaning twisted by their bosses who know they're almost never going to stop working no matter what the conditions are like.

Y'know, like Nurses were/are. (at least in NZ)
(, Fri 6 Nov 2009, 3:50, archived)
# This is lovely.
(, Tue 3 Nov 2009, 8:57, archived)
# Excellent
But as a nation we do love to complain.
(, Wed 4 Nov 2009, 20:56, archived)