The London divisional committee of the CWU union was expected to pass a motion this week calling for a strike ballot to oppose Royal Mail’s plans to end their final salary pension scheme and the “phantom share scheme” (Bosses attack will mean no retirement for many, 17 February).
The motion opposes Royal Mail group’s plans but also lays the blame for this situation with the Labour government. It calls for a freeze of all further donations to the Labour Party.
It also calls for the CWU’s postal executive to mobilise the union’s membership against these plans. CWU London divisional rep Martin Walsh said, “Our members will not tolerate the closing down of the pension scheme or the reduction of benefits to any current or future members. Industrial action looks inevitable unless Royal Mail group withdraws from its position on pensions and the share scheme.”
Tuesday saw the start of a week of action against post office closures and franchising. Planned events included a lobby of parliament in London, a lobby of the Scottish parliament and protests outside post offices in Cirencester, Worcester, Ilford, Victoria, Harrow and Newmarket.