The Closure of the Whitstable Delivery Office

As you will know by now, the Whitstable delivery office is due to close on the 20th May and the staff and service be relocated to Military Road, Canterbury. It will be a sad day for postal workers and for the town as one more vital facility is closed and shifted over to the city nearly eight miles away. However, the staff are sanguine about it. We put up a good fight, we held the company at bay for over three months and we won some important concessions along the way, with significant help from you, the public, who wholeheartedly … Continue reading The Closure of the Whitstable Delivery Office

A Murmuration of Humans

I’ve just come back from watching a murmuration of starlings over Cromwell Road, Whitstable. “Murmuration” is the collective noun for a flight of Starlings. Starlings don’t flock, they murmur. It’s an odd word to have chosen, since what they actually do looks more like reciting poetry than murmuring. They cut, they weave, they parry, they thrust, they wheel about in the air forming immense patterns of startling complexity. They shimmer, they switch, they swirl. They swoop, they dive. They split and then reform. It’s like a vast aerial dance of hypnotic precision in which the individual starlings come together to … Continue reading A Murmuration of Humans

Whitstable’s Carnival of Resistance

From the moment I came down Cromwell Road and saw the ingeniously altered For Sale sign outside the office (it now read “NOT For Sale”) I knew we were in for a memorable day. When I turned the corner from Cromwell Road into Wheatley Road, there were 20 or more postal workers lined up outside the gates, all of them in uniform, warming themselves on a brazier. I’d bought the brazier the previous day. I’d rung up Julie Wassmer asking her if she knew where I could get one. She didn’t quite understand. “Brazier?” she said. “What do you want … Continue reading Whitstable’s Carnival of Resistance

Why Whitstable Postal Workers Will Be Taking Action on January 12th.

Ballot____________________________________________________________ Yesterday, Thursday 27th December 2012, around 15 postal workers abandoned their Christmas celebrations for a time to attend a union meeting to discuss the outcome of the ballot held earlier in the month about industrial action. This was called because of the Royal Mail’s refusal to institute a proper consultation about the closure of the Whitstable Delivery Office. To be clear on this point: the Royal Mail claim that consultation has taken place “at the appropriate level”. The “consultation” they refer to is the fact that they informed us that the office was going to close. There was never … Continue reading Why Whitstable Postal Workers Will Be Taking Action on January 12th.