Royal Mail chief executive Simon Thompson accused of misleading MPs over staff tracking

Royal Mail chief executive Simon Thompson accused of misleading MPs over staff tracking

The chief executive of Royal Mail has been accused of misleading MPs about the treatment of workers and whether the postal service puts parcels before letters.

Simon Thompson will be brought back in front of Commons’ Committee on Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy following claims he “gave answers that weren’t quite right.”

MPs remembered Thompson after he denied tracking postal workers during their rounds and urged them to work faster, using the Postal Digital Assistant system.

Since his appearance, the committee said it has received testimony from Royal Mail staff who claim they have been tracked.

In a letter to Mr Thompson, Labor MP Darren Jones, chairman of the committee, said: “I have received a significant amount of correspondence from Royal Mail employees across the country, questioning some of the statements you made before the committee.”

He continued: “The committee is now not confident that all of the answers he gave during the session were completely accurate.”

During intense questioning last week, Thompson denied knowing that Royal Mail was tracking the movement of staff.

He said no. I’m not aware of the technology we have that tells people to work faster. I’m not aware of that at all.”

“We don’t use that technology when someone returns to the office in some criminal way. That’s not what we do.”

Jones also questioned the veracity of Thompson’s statements in response to questions about prioritizing package deliveries over letters and changes to staff sick pay.

Mr Jones said: “Since Mr Thompson appeared before the committee last week, we have had significant amounts of evidence to suggest that his answers may not have been entirely correct.

“Giving inaccurate information to a parliamentary committee, whether by accident or not, is taken very seriously. We must get to the bottom of these inconsistencies on behalf of Parliament and we intend to do so during this further hearing.”

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “We welcome the opportunity to expand on any points the Committee wishes to clarify, and to share the steps we are taking to resolve this dispute and secure Royal Mail’s long-term future for our people and customers.

“As the CWU launches its third vote for industrial action today, we are seeing an increasingly false narrative circulating about our pay and switch dispute. This is designed to create fear and uncertainty among our employees as the CWU builds support for more damaging strikes, rather than focusing on reaching an agreement to offer what our customers need and give a pay raise to our people who have already lost about £1800 each. after 18 days of strikes”.

The CWU, which represents 115,000 Royal Mail employees and has overseen increasing personal attacks on Thompson, seized on the committee’s decision to remove the chief executive of the FTSE 250 company.

A union spokesperson said: “In the interest of democracy and public standards, we wholeheartedly welcome this decision.

“Politicians charged by voters to do the job of canvassing as knowledgeably and clearly as possible have serious concerns about Mr. Thompson’s evasive conduct.

“These concerns are shared by millions of people, who need the facts from those who run postal services they trust and deserve to be treated with the utmost seriousness.”

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