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Every morning it is the same. You sit in your car before work starts wondering if today is the day you are going to catch Corona.
We are all worried. Every day.
The Union has been great trying to keep us safe, we have new shifts, only one postie per van. But there is still concerns. PPE seems constantly in short supply. Keeping two meters away is hard in my office, it is an old building and a lot of us work here. But we are doing our best.
We are all worried. Every day.
We keep hearing on the grapevine about posties ill with CV19, posties in hospital, and worse, too many posties who have died. People like my mates. People like me. Worried. Every day.
We have fun still, us posties do gallows humour well. Coming to work is scary, but it is keeping us sane. We have a laugh even at the bad news. On top of that we know what we are doing is important. A postie knows their area, we know our punters. We can see how many people are alone, vulnerable. How many people stuck in their houses who need our help. Relying on the post. It’s hard, keeping safe is difficult, but we know we are keeping Britain going.
Its the little things that help us. The notes from children saying thank you. The waves from people out and about, people sounding their horns. The little bits of thanks we get every day from the public. Like other key workers we are risking our lives, and that the public appreciate this is what keeps us coming to work. Even though we are all worried. Every day.
It’s been tough for Posties for a while. The people “running” the company are actually running it into the ground. They treat us workers, and the customers we deliver to with contempt. But now, with Corona, it is the toughest it has ever been to come into work.
So on National Post Workers day it would be great if people could let their postman know that you appreciate the job we are doing for you. Keeping you supplied and safe. Risking our own health. Knowing that makes it easier for us to come to work.
Because we are all worried. Every. Single. Day.
CWU Rep and Postal Worker
Tavistock Delivery Office
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