Jan 17, 2023

Royal Mail accused of prioritising parcels over letters

Royal Mail has been accused by a senior MP of breaching its legal obligations by prioritising parcels over letters. Showing Mr Thompson the poster, Mr Jones said "You are unilaterally only delivering on 50% of the USO" and asked him if the poster represented Royal Mail policy. Under the Universal Service Obligation, Royal Mail is legally required to deliver letters to every address in the UK, six days a week, at a uniform price, and parcels five days a week. "I'd remind you Mr Thompson that misleading Parliament is not something that we appreciate here on the committee.'' And he asked the chief executive to write to the committee to ''prove'' that this was not Royal Mail policy. The poster had been sent to the committee by David Bharrat, a postal worker who works out of the Wembley delivery office. He is also a branch secretary for the Communication Workers Union. He said the sign appeared in August last year and told the BBC:"We feel depressed. We're leaving mail behind and that's not what we're about, postmen regard all mail as important.

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