Royal Mail workers across Britain are voting on the latest pay deal. After months of negotiations, management and union leaders have agreed a 3.2 percent increase.
This pathetically low rise has been met with derision by many postal workers. Many branches, particularly in London and the south east of England, are calling for rejection.
The rise will bring basic pay to just £250.53 a week. John Keggie, the CWU deputy general secretary (postal), is strongly supporting the deal, but even he is forced to say that the increase is 'not enough and further work will continue to be done'.
Postal workers were promised real improvements in earnings when the 'Way Forward' deal was pushed through last year. Those hopes have proved false. Every vote against the deal will help fuel the fightback against Royal Mail's efforts to extract more and more from the workers.
Around 140 postal workers staged a 24-hour unofficial strike in Wrexham, North Wales, last week in support of a sacked worker.
The largest sorting office in North Wales came out solidly to register their anger at management's decision to sack a worker who had taken 'too many sick days'-just two in 13 months.
One picket said, 'We work six days a week in all weathers but are expected to have the same sick days as bank workers.'
Delivery workers in the N3 district of north London struck intermittently last week and this week.
Management have tried to alter the terms of the national 'Fit To Deliver' deal. N3 is a small office, with around 30 workers. But Royal Mail bosses are seeking to win greater and greater 'flexibility' throughout the network and need to be opposed whenever they trample on agreements.