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Postal workers heading towards a national ballot

Issue No. 2162

Postal workers in the CWU union are stepping up their fight against Royal Mail’s programme of cuts and imposed changes to working conditions.

The government and bosses want to break the union, but they are facing sterling resistance.

CWU members in London have launched a wave of strikes against the attacks. Their latest action was taking place this week.

Postal workers in other parts of the country have also struck with hundreds more delivery offices across Britain balloting to join the action.

CWU leaders have now agreed that the union needs to move to a national ballot of all postal workers for strikes so that it can use its full power—as many activists have demanded.

They are set to meet on Tuesday of next week to discuss a timetable for action.

Mark Dolan, the union’s area delivery rep for North and North West London, told Socialist Worker, “The union has said that the move towards this shouldn’t undermine the strikes that are going on at the moment—and that’s entirely right.

“The union has said that the ballots and the action currently taking place should be co-ordinated so they have the biggest possible impact.”

As Socialist Worker went to press there were rumours legal action against the union.

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Tue 28 Jul 2009, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2162
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