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Winning CWU members to action

by David Wilshire, Bristol CWU branch secretary (pc)
Issue No. 2051

It would be wrong to believe that the current postal disputes are about pay alone.

Whether you work on the counter in a post office, in cash services or at Royal Mail, we are now in a dispute with the various businesses over the future of the postal industry and the ability of our CWU union to influence change.

What is beyond doubt is that, in the absence of a negotiated settlement, we all need to pull together over what is a minimal campaign period to ensure that overwhelming yes votes for strikes are delivered.

For the first time in months regular and timely information is being circulated from CWU headquarters and it is now incumbent upon all branches and divisions to ensure that we get that information out to the members quickly.

In Bristol we have collated over 700 email addresses in Royal Mail alone and we will be using them, along with text messaging, to ensure developments reach our members at the touch of a button.

However this alone will not deliver the mandate that is needed.

The main battle will be won or lost, as it always has been, at meetings on the gate.

We have held gate meetings during the past month throughout our branch area but have also compiled a rota to ensure that return visits will be made to each unit.

Letters to home addresses will also be used to further supplement this approach.

If we sit back the employer will gain the initiative as it makes further concessions direct to workers, over the heads of the union, in an attempt to cause confusion and undermine our national position.

We have to win these battles, and while we should take nothing for granted, we need to be sure that come the end of the ballot we can all be assured that we have done our utmost to obtain the desired results.

London rally No to Royal Mail’s attacks and the competition regime
2pm, Wednesday 23 May, Friends House, Euston Road NW1
Speakers invited Billy Hayes, Dave Ward, Bob Gibson, Mark Serwotka (PCS), Matt Wrack (FBU), Dot Gibson (National Pensioners’ Convention) and Jon Cruddas MP.
Called by London CWU and Post Worker

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Tue 15 May 2007, 18:31 BST
Issue No. 2051
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