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Issue No. 1767

CWU UNION leaders have made a deal with Royal Mail bosses to drop threatened strike ballots. In return managers have agreed not to impose changes to workers' terms and conditions at a local level without agreement with the union.

The agreement is near-suicidal for the union at a time when postal workers face a massive challenge over privatisation. In addition to the PostComm announcement:

  • Consignia (the bosses' new name for the Post Office) is looking for bids to take over part or all of its entire fleet of 40,000 vehicles. This could mean every item of post being moved by a private carrier.

  • Documents lodged with the European Union suggest that the Post Office is preparing to put all, or at least a large part, of the collection and delivery services at Milton Keynes out to tender.

    There is a real danger that the privatisation plans will roll on while the union does nothing. Union activists must demand that the union moves immediately to a national strike ballot of all postal workers over the vehicle outsourcing proposals and related developments.

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    Sat 22 Sep 2001, 00:00 BST
    Issue No. 1767
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