Britain’s largest union Unite echoed concerns made today (Thursday 12 March) by the Business Innovation and Skills select committee over a ‘race to the bottom’ in the postal industry and joined calls for Ofcom to be given regulatory duties to ensure the future of universal postal provision.
Responding to the select committee’s report on competition in the postal service sector, the union called for a minimum wage for the postal industry and the outlawing of zero hours contacts to protect standards and bring stability to the sector.
Commenting Brian Scott Unite officer for postal services said: “The select committee has taken an important step in acknowledging the impact of unbridled competition on the universal postal service and its ongoing viability.
“The driving down of wages and the disproportionate use of zero hours contracts by Whistl, which is highlighted in the report, is driving down standards and creating a ‘race to the bottom’ that threatens the future of the universal service.
“Calls by the committee to give greater powers to Ofcom to ensure the future of the universal service and monitor labour conditions and standards are welcome.
“If we are to halt the ‘race to the bottom’ then this needs to be combined with the outlawing of zero hours contracts and the introduction of a minimum wage to the postal sector to bring stability.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.