Grahame Morris MP is one of a group of MPs who have signed a letter addressed to Rico Back, Chief Executive Officer at Royal Mail, and the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The letter stresses the need to ensure a safe working environment for Royal Mail staff. Staff at Royal Mail have been identified by the Government as key workers, due to the vital service they provide in delivering key items, such as medical essentials.
The letter urges both Royal Mail and the Government to adopt a list of proposals put forward by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) to ensure a safe working environment for Royal Mail staff. The proposals include, but are not limited to:
Ensuring access to personal protective equipment for all staff, including gloves and hand sanitiser;
Only opening Royal Mail premises where social distancing measures can be enforced;
Suspending the delivery of all unnecessary post such as unsolicited flyers;
Taking measures to minimise the working hours of staff, for example by reducing the frequency of postal deliveries to UK households;
Ensuring that all staff over the age of 65 should only continue to go into work if they choose to, and that they be paid in full should they need to self-isolate.
Grahame Morris MP said, “By continuing to provide an essential service at this time, Royal Mail staff are displaying selfless dedication to the British public. The Government and Royal Mail must show the same dedication in providing safe working conditions for staff. I fully support the proposals put forward by the CWU and hope that they are implemented immediately.”