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Anger in Coventry at bosses’ plans to shut and sell mail centre

Issue No. 2078

Post workers in Coventry are furious at plans unveiled by Royal Mail to close their mail centre and cut hundreds of jobs.

Bosses have said that they plan to relocate the centre to a new one in Northampton and sell the existing office.

The workers’ CWU union is now organising a major demonstration in the city on Saturday 8 December and threatening a strike ballot in response.

Mick Kavanagh, who chairs Coventry CWU, says, “We believe that Royal Mail is acting disgracefully and we are not going to sit back and allow this to carry on.

“We put forward a plan which would keep a centre in Coventry and a centre in Northampton but they have not accepted this option.”

“This decision sums up management’s approach – it’s double standards,” says Gary Smith, a CWU sub rep in Coventry.

“The bosses don’t tell you anything about their plans, even the ones that are going to drastically change your life, but they expect ‘total flexibility’ from you.

“People in my office are saying, ‘We were on strike over conditions, not pay. So why are the national union saying we should accept a deal that involves trusting our managers when they treat us like this?’

“I have to agree with them. The issue of mail centre closures ought to have been part of the national deal. Why should Coventry and Oxford, who are both facing mail centre closures, fight separately from the rest of the country.

“My response to the many people at work who ask me about this is that the best way to start the campaign to save the mail centre is to vote against the national deal.

“The more management see that the union has fight about it, the more likely it is that we can force them to back down.”

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Tue 20 Nov 2007, 18:58 GMT
Issue No. 2078
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