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Issue No. 1880

MORE STRIKES could soon hit the post, especially in London.

At the end of the recent unofficial strike several big issues were put off for decision until after talks between Royal Mail management and the CWU union's national negotiators.

At stake are questions such as arrangements for the abolition of the second delivery, mail centre conditions, the transport review, Saturday working, tens of thousands of job losses and London weighting.

Bosses hoped to break the union and then ram through its will.

But the unofficial strikes forced them to talk.

However, the indications from inside the negotiations are that Royal Mail is still taking a hard line on crucial matters.

The talks are scheduled to end by Wednesday of next week, 10 December.

If there is no acceptable deal official strikes are likely.

The London Region of the CWU this week requested full backing from the national executive for two more strikes over London weighting.

This follows two earlier strikes which had a big impact on postal services.

London postal workers have put forward a modest claim for £4,000 London weighting for everyone employed by Royal Mail Group in London.

The workers' case was boosted recently by the release of a new set of government figures.

Even the Financial Times article on the statistics said, 'Strikes have paralysed mail services in the capital as postal workers have fought for higher allowances to compensate them for the cost of living in London. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show they had a point.'

Postal workers are preparing to strike on Friday 19 December and Monday 22 December.

John Denton, London regional secretary, said, 'Our members want to bring home to Royal Mail that they have been undervalued for far too long. At last Saturday's London conference the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said that workers need at least £4,500 London weighting to live and work in London. But Royal Mail refuses to even contemplate paying their employees £4,000. It's a disgrace. Chief executive Adam Crozier is paid £4,000 every two days but expects our members to live on the breadline.'

Unless there are decent deals on all the national issues then the union leaders should take a leaf out of London's book and campaign for national action.

Other areas should resolve now not to handle London mail during the dispute and step up the pressure for national action.

Biggest ever issue of Post Worker

THE RANK and file paper Post Worker presents a bumper eight-page issue to celebrate the success of the recent unofficial action.

It includes articles from the front line of the struggle by workers themselves, plus an overview from the London Weighting Disputes Committee, a press review, a discussion on the union's political fund, and much more. Get a copy yourself or, even better, get your branch to make a bulk order.

Order from 109 Evelyn Court, Amhurst Road, London E8 2BQ, or phone 07904 157 779.

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Sat 6 Dec 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1880
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