Anyone worked agency for Royal Mail?

Hi all, Im working my first shift for RM tonight (2200-0700) Has anyone worked agency for RM? Im not quite sure what to expect :neutral_face: I had a driving assessment for them at the same depot on Thursday and then got a call to go in tonight.

The agency havent said much about it so Im guessing its trunking to another depot(s). Does anyone know if I will have to load the vehicle myself etc.?

I’ve been subbied out to them the last 2 weeks. The works easy to be honest. Coz I was in a contractor wagon with 1 of our trailers I wasn’t a priority for them unloading me. Get used to checking to see if they have unloaded you as they seem to tip you them go do something else leaving you on a red light. All in all easy work

As for loading and unloading I’ve seen the royal mail lads do both also seen them just sit in the cab and wait. I’ve started unloading myself this week as it’s quicker. Just go in and ask a manager

Good luck with your first shift

Started with agency doing RM a couple of weeks back, easy work and decent money, and plenty of shifts available.

Good luck for tonight.

Hi mrs mac, is this cat c or c+e? Just wondering. :wink:

Wavestarved:
Hi mrs mac, is this cat c or c+e? Just wondering. :wink:

Just a 7.5T last night, but Ive told the agency today not to bother to ask me for 7.5T for them again. Not that I had a problem with actually doing the job, it was easy enough and even the tightest reverses into/out of the small yards didnt phase me…it was the complete incompetence, lack of any induction/instruction and the extremely poor ‘management’ (shouting and bawling at staff) I encountered.

I arrived early, which was handy really as I had to walk around a massive central depot for ever to find anyone who could help me get to the office I was supposed to report to, was then (after witnessing the worst ‘Mr Angry’ I think Ive ever met who stood screaming that I was about to smash the rear lights on a bay when in reality I was at least 2 feet away and had stopped) then told to load a 7.5T with ‘Yorks’ (wheeled cage/trollies) I’d never used before, with a tail lift I’d not been shown how to use, then follow some toothless wonder to a couple of smaller postal offices to deliver them…I say ‘follow’ but what I really mean is attempt to ‘keep up’ with him while he broke every speed limit on the way (I didnt btw, I made him wait for me while I observed the speed limits and stopped at red lights etc (he just kept saying “you’ll have to keep with me love, I’ll never make my last run if you keep holding me back”) :unamused: and, I suspect his indicators were malfunctioning, well either that, or he couldnt find them :laughing: :laughing: I certainly couldnt hazard a guess as to his intended direction from his position on the road…

As I say, Ive told the agency I want Class 2 work or they can forget it for RM for me. My C+E course in January cant come soon enough for me to be honest :frowning:

All I can say is…its no wonder RM postage is so expensive, the waste is incredible jaw drops and the management ‘style’ leaves an awful lot to be desired. :neutral_face:

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What a lousy experience you have had. All I can say really is don’t judge the organisation by that, I’m a postie in Shrewsbury and our management are helpful courteous and on the whole a sound bunch. Our drivers also ( I’m not one, yet…) are a cracking bunch of lads and lasses, and have a really good attitude toward road safety. It’s a shame the rest of the organisation appears to be falling short.

MrsMac:

Wavestarved:
Hi mrs mac, is this cat c or c+e? Just wondering. :wink:

Just a 7.5T last night, but Ive told the agency today not to bother to ask me for 7.5T for them again. Not that I had a problem with actually doing the job, it was easy enough and even the tightest reverses into/out of the small yards didnt phase me…it was the complete incompetence, lack of any induction/instruction and the extremely poor ‘management’ (shouting and bawling at staff) I encountered.

I arrived early, which was handy really as I had to walk around a massive central depot for ever to find anyone who could help me get to the office I was supposed to report to, was then (after witnessing the worst ‘Mr Angry’ I think Ive ever met who stood screaming that I was about to smash the rear lights on a bay when in reality I was at least 2 feet away and had stopped) then told to load a 7.5T with ‘Yorks’ (wheeled cage/trollies) I’d never used before, with a tail lift I’d not been shown how to use, then follow some toothless wonder to a couple of smaller postal offices to deliver them…I say ‘follow’ but what I really mean is attempt to ‘keep up’ with him while he broke every speed limit on the way (I didnt btw, I made him wait for me while I observed the speed limits and stopped at red lights etc (he just kept saying “you’ll have to keep with me love, I’ll never make my last run if you keep holding me back”) :unamused: and, I suspect his indicators were malfunctioning, well either that, or he couldnt find them :laughing: :laughing: I certainly couldnt hazard a guess as to his intended direction from his position on the road…

As I say, Ive told the agency I want Class 2 work or they can forget it for RM for me. My C+E course in January cant come soon enough for me to be honest :frowning:

All I can say is…its no wonder RM postage is so expensive, the waste is incredible jaw drops and the management ‘style’ leaves an awful lot to be desired. :neutral_face:

Which mail centre were you at?

I was at one of the large Scottish mail centres m1cks

Wavestarved:
What a lousy experience you have had. All I can say really is don’t judge the organisation by that, I’m a postie in Shrewsbury and our management are helpful courteous and on the whole a sound bunch. Our drivers also ( I’m not one, yet…) are a cracking bunch of lads and lasses, and have a really good attitude toward road safety. It’s a shame the rest of the organisation appears to be falling short.

Thanks Wavestarved, I was so disappointed it wasnt done professionally, I expected much, much better from RM, I know Its not the same everwhere, but this was so rubbish I almost told them to stuff it and was ready to tell them I was going home when they signed me and the other 3 agency drivers off early as there was nothing left to do.