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Post union and bosses on collision course over pay

Issue No. 2149

Royal mail bosses have announced a pay freeze for all workers at the company. The CWU union has told the company there is no possibility of its members accepting this.

Royal Mail recently posted its best financial results for years and outperformed all of its financial targets.

According to Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, “The combination of a pay freeze and the growing attacks on our members’ jobs, terms and conditions means that industrial conflict is inevitable unless Royal Mail changes its position.”

The CWU warns that planned jobs cuts by Royal Mail will threaten services and downgrade staff to a part-time workforce.

Plans seen by the CWU show cuts of between 8 and 20 percent across the country with London hit the hardest.

But management’s plans are meeting resistance.

CWU London divisional rep Martin Walsh said, “This is not modernisation. These are arbitrary cuts by management.

“We’re balloting our members across London for strike action to fight these cuts. There are 1,600 jobs at stake in London. We’ll fight these savage attacks on our industry.

“It’s crucial that services are not reduced any further.”

Mail deliveries across Edinburgh and Perth face disruption after postal workers voted in favour of strike action over cost-cutting measures.

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Tue 28 Apr 2009, 19:01 BST
Issue No. 2149
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