by Tim Lezard The CWU has called for a judicial review of Ofcom for failing to fulfil its primary statutory duty to protect the universal service obligation. Ofcom has been attacked for being “part of the problem, not the solution” for refusing to unde …

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Royal Mailby Tim Lezard

The CWU has called for a judicial review of Ofcom for failing to fulfil its primary statutory duty to protect the universal service obligation.

Ofcom has been attacked for being “part of the problem, not the solution” for refusing to undertake a full review of the postal sector, instead focusing only on Royal Mail’s efficiency.

CWU said the postal regulator was wrong to focus purely on efficiency instead of the effects of unfair competition on Royal Mail.

CWU deputy general secretary Dave Ward said: “The time is now right to begin the process of taking Ofcom to a judicial review for its complete failure to tackle the threat to the sustainability of the universal service obligation head on. We expect Royal Mail to support our call to defend its postal workers.

“What Ofcom is really saying is that postal workers pay and conditions need to be cut in the name of efficiency. In criticising Royal Mail’s efficiency, Ofcom is preparing the ground for postal workers terms and conditions and pay to be dragged down to the level of its competitors.

“At last week’s BIS select committee, both trade unions and the postal companies giving evidence all agreed decent terms and conditions and pay were essential for good performance. Ofcom seems to be the only party who want to oversee a race to the bottom on postal pay and service quality, something CWU will never accept.

“Ofcom is part of the problem, not the solution. It’s astonishing that Ofcom refuses to accept that competitors’ ability to cherry pick lucrative urban delivery routes is not damaging the sustainability of the USO. The government needs to take a closer look at who is regulating the regulator and why it is flatly refusing to do its job in protecting the universal postal service.”


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