Jane Loftus, a Socialist Workers Party (SWP) member and the president of the CWU post workers’ union, voted to accept the interim agreement in the post dispute and to call off the strikes.
This was in sharp contradiction with the SWP’s position. It has caused problems for our members in the union and much wider.
Members of the SWP’s central committee met Jane and asked her to reflect on her position and, particularly in the light of Royal Mail’s continuing attacks, to reverse her support for the agreement.
A meeting of SWP postal workers at the union’s national briefing agreed that it was wrong to vote for the deal. The party’s national committee also discussed the issues raised.
Jane has made it clear that she is sticking to her line.
She recognised that this brought her into sharp opposition to the party on a very important matter, and resigned from the SWP – although she remains keen to continue working with party members.