SNP MP Alison Thewliss has called on the Royal Mail to ‘stop the threats of job cuts to valued postal workers and ‘engage meaningfully’ with the Communications Worker Union to find an acceptable solution to prevent further postal strikes.
In a joint letter to the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Mail, Alison Thewliss MP told the Royal Mail Chief that it is “unacceptable to see the language employed by Royal Mail in threatening its workforce with job losses because they dare to ask for a fair work package.”
Postal workers across Glasgow Central are on strike again today, with several more strike days planned early next month, from the 2nd of November to the 4th of November.
Last week, the Royal Mail’s announced its intention to slash 10,000 jobs, citing the strike action and low parcel delivery sales as the reason. Thewliss has called this move a ‘tactic in the ongoing pay dispute with postal workers’ and has accused Royal Mail of ‘acting in bad faith’.
Commenting, Alison Thewliss MP said:
“Postal workers across Glasgow Central are struggling to make ends meet in the face of the cost-of-living crisis while Royal Mail shareholders benefited from bumper profits in the millions.
“It is understandable that postal workers find the argument that there isn’t money for them to have a fair wage unpalatable when there are millions of pounds of profit for shareholders, who should share the burden – when hard working postal staff are struggling to put food on their table this winter.
“Royal Mail staff in Glasgow Central and their families need financial security. The decision to strike will not have been easy for any of them, but this is about more than pay; it is also about protecting the universal mail service we all expect and value.
“Royal Mail need to get back to the negotiating table – in a meaningful way – and put our communities at the heart of discussions.”
Alison Thewliss MP has backed calls for the extension to the eligibility period for the £650 cost of living payment to older people entitled to Pension Credit.
The Glasgow Central MP has backed her colleague Anne McLaughlin, MP for Glasgow East who will be holding a debate in Westminster Hall on Pension Credit to all MPs on the 26th October.
Speaking about the proposals, Alison Thewliss MP said:
“The eligibility period for the £650 cost of living payment for anyone receiving Pension Credit has passed – but when 40% of those entitled to Personal Credit haven’t applied to it, this is simply not good enough.
“As winter bites and energy costs rise, this £650 could prove an essential lifeline to those 40%.
“The UK must extend the deadline to 31 March 2023.”
CONSTITUENT THANKS ALISON THEWLISS FOR SUPPORT
A Glasgow Central constituent has thanked Alison Thewliss MP for supporting a recent Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claim.
Michael O’Donnell contacted the office of Alison Thewliss in June to discuss an ongoing claim for PIP. Mr O’Donnell explained that he had been pursuing the PIP claim for several years but was yet to receive any answer on the matter.
The constituent asked for a Legal Entitlements and Administrative Practices (LEAP) review as he believed his mobility element may have been miscalculated due to having agoraphobia.
A letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was sent to confirm that the matter was being investigated and an update would be provided in due course.
After years of patience, Mr O’Donnell was informed by the DWP that he would be given a payment of £9191.41. This payment was calculated using the PIP payments he received and those he is now entitled to for the period 23 March 2016 until 7 June 2022.
Commenting on his delight at receiving this payment, Michael O’Donnell said:
“I can’t thank Alison and her team enough for the support they have given me in this case. The patience and dedication shown by the team is something which I am extremely grateful for.
“I have been trying for years to get this PIP payment but to get it after such a long period of waiting has been such a relief.
“The amount of money I have received is truly life-changing and will help greatly in the lead up to Christmas.
“Since getting this money, I have spoken with several friends to urge them to speak with Alison about any issue they have due to how helpful she has been in this process.
“The process was much easier than I expected, and I will be forever grateful to the team for making sure that I was given this life-changing amount of money.”
Commenting on this case, Alison Thewliss MP said:
“I am so happy that Michael was able to receive this payment. After approaching our office in June, it was clear he had been waiting a long time for this payment which he was owed.
“While my team spoke with the DWP, Michael was so patient and understood the issues we faced in this case.
“I also want to extend a thanks to the DWP, who were also very helpful in this issue and were in regular dialogue with my team about this case.
“As Michael said, this amount of money will no doubt make a huge difference to his life, and it brings me such great pride to be able to help the constituent in this way.”