Royal Mail workers are pushing for a strike ballot over pay cuts.
The CWU executive moved towards such a vote on Tuesday. This is potentially a giant step towards wider public sector unity with the PCS union and a spearhead against Gordon Brown's pay policy.
Incredibly Royal Mail workers have been offered no increase at all on their basic pay. Postal grades would only get non-pensionable, taxable lump sums ranging between £250 and £600 – fully conditional on the union agreeing £350 million of cuts.
Engineering, admin and manual data entry centre workers have been offered nothing on either basic pay or a lump sum.
Jane Loftus, a member of the CWU executive, told Socialist Worker, 'We are going all out to win a pay rise that reflects the hard work of Royal Mail staff.
'We are not going to give in to blackmail that we have to choose between having a job and having a living wage. We want both.
'We want to unite with other workers in this battle, and also to campaign against the government's regime of cut-throat postal competition.'
For more on Royal Mail, see CWU rep Dave Ward to stand down from Labour NEC and 'The Facts': Royal Mail's big lie to postal workers