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Posties' anger grows at Labour

Issue No. 2054

The CWU postal and telecom workers’ union conference this week saw delegates pass a motion that sets a deadline to ballot on continued funding for Labour.

Martin Walsh, a London divisional rep, said, “We see job cuts, post office closures and full competition from private firms four years ahead of anywhere else in Europe.

“Imagine if all this was happening under a Tory government – there would be outrage, and quite right too.”

He demanded that unless there was significant change by June 2008, the union should ballot its members on whether it continued to fund Labour.

Even very loyal members of Labour know that pressure is growing for change.

CWU general secretary Billy Hayes called on the conference to pass the motion. He said, “We can’t continue in a situation where we go to Labour Party conference and to union-sponsored Labour MPs and all we get is hand-wringing.”

The motion was passed unanimously.

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