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Issue No. 1791

LEADERS OF the CWU postal workers' union were set this week to recommend that workers accept a new pay offer in a postal ballot. The deal is a disgrace which will open the way to new assaults on jobs and conditions.

At its heart is a two-year settlement worth 6.9 percent in all. This would take basic pay for most of the country to around £270 a week, well short of the CWU's target of £300. But the union claims more money is available through performance-based bonuses. A Royal Mail press release makes it clear that this will be dependent on meeting strict targets:

'Further increases in basic pay will be paid in stages from this summer onwards, subject to progress having been made in implementing changes in the way mail is both delivered and sorted.'

The changes Royal Mail want will mean mass job cuts, speed-up, 'flexibility' and an end to unofficial strike action. They will hope that the financial penalties of walking out will stop workers hitting back at bullying and harassment.

This deal is not enough money combined with more strings than a puppet show. It should be rejected, and instead the union leaders should call the strike that workers voted for weeks ago by a huge majority.

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Sat 16 Mar 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1791
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