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Campaigning across the CWU branches

Issue No. 2077

Activists are campaigning for a no vote in branches that have recommended to accept the deal, as well as in those that aim to reject it.

Simon Midgley is the substitute area delivery rep for Bradford, West Yorkshire, a branch whose officers, though unimpressed by the deal, decided to make no recommendation to its members.

He told Socialist Worker that most reps in his area are strongly against the deal and that he has mailed all of them with enough leaflets calling for a rejection to cover the entire membership of the branch.

“Passivity is the main enemy of those who want to throw this deal out,” said Simon. “We need to ensure that everyone who is against it is explaining and arguing with those who think they might vote yes, and those who might not vote.”

The Romford Amal CWU branch in outer east London has taken a strong position against the deal. “I think this vote could be close, so we need to fight for every no,” says Ryan Ward, the branch’s area safety rep.

“We’ve briefed all our reps, mailed our recommendation to all our members and the noticeboards all have vote no posters on them. Our members have shown tremendous courage during the strike. I want a deal that does them justice.”

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Tue 13 Nov 2007, 17:50 GMT
Issue No. 2077
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