Around 70 people came to a hustings meeting in central London for the candidates for general secretary of the postal workers' CWU union last week. John Keggie, the present union deputy general secretary, is standing against Billy Hayes, a union national officer.
Keggie stands for 'partnership' with management and New Labour, while Billy Hayes speaks in more left wing tones but has a far from unblemished record. Neither candidate supported last year's conference decision to break from New Labour if privatisation continues.
Many of those present felt that, although in the end they will vote for Billy Hayes, neither candidate reflects the feel for a fight that is widespread in the post.