The small revisions to last week’s Royal Mail offer are paltry compared to what could have been won with more action.
But it appears that the CWU leadership has accepted the idea that everyone must make sacrifices if Royal Mail is to continue as a business and complete against cut-throat private firms.
This approach leaves out the crucial role of Gordon Brown and his government.
It is Brown that drove through changes to the regulations that allowed private sector companies to compete against Royal Mail, forcing the company to deliver competitors’ mail at a loss.
Brown appointed Royal Mail bosses Allan Leighton and Adam Crozier and urged them to take a tough line.
To win this dispute it was essential that the union made clear that this is both an industrial and political fight, not just against Royal Mail but also against the government.
But the links between the leadership and the Labour Party have meant that the political battle barely got off the ground.
Now there is a battle in the union to ensure that the union’s political fund is used to further the aims of the union, rather than a straitjacket that binds it to the government.
The first steps in that process will see branches passing motions which call for greater democratic control of the political fund.
Reject the Deal
A special meeting for CWU members to be held in London at 2.30pm, Saturday 27 October
Speakers include CWU postal executive member Dave Warren
For more details and venue, phone 01278 450562, or 020 7624 0032
Called by rank and file CWU activists and supported by the Post Worker newspaper
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