The fierce battle between Royal Mail and the postal workers’ CWU union has seen management forced to make a new offer, despite them having repeated “the offer is the offer” throughout the dispute.
Solid official strikes culminated in two 48-hour stoppages that ended last week. As they concluded, unofficial action swept London, Merseyside and many other parts of Britain.
Some unofficial action continued as the union’s postal executive discussed the offer this week.
Leaks from the press suggest that this new offer does little to meet the union’s core demands, and still threatens postal workers’ pensions, terms and conditions, and jobs.
Some press reports suggest that many of the issues in the dispute are being put into local negotiation bodies, raising the prospect of further fighting at a local level.
If the union rejects the deal, it is vital that every trade unionist rallies around the postal workers as they prepare to restart their fight.
However, if the union’s executive accepts a poor deal, postal workers must campaign hard to win a rejection in a ballot of the membership that will follow.