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Action can stop post privatisation

Issue No. 2150

The crisis in the Labour government has opened up the issue of the privatisation of Royal Mail. While the opposition to the plan – which would see thousands of jobs lost – is growing. Labour seems determined to push ahead.

Pat McFadden, the postal affairs minister, has ruled out proposals from the CWU union as “unworkable and not under consideration”.

The way to stop the privatisation is to build coordinated action that can force the government to back down.

There is a real potential for this to happen. Up and down the country postal workers are balloting for action as the managers attempt to ram through cuts.

Workers in Perth and Edinburgh staged a one-day strike over management attacks Friday of last week. And this Saturday, Alloa, Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline and Grangemouth sorting offices will be taking 24-hour strike action over the attacks.

Workers across London are balloting over attacks on their jobs and conditions.

A coordinated campaign including national action can turn the confusion in the Labour government into a victory over privatisation.

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Tue 5 May 2009, 18:31 BST
Issue No. 2150
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