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We need to fight mail centre closures

by Paul Turnbull, CWU area processing rep, Cambridgeshire
Issue No. 2209

Royal Mail is threatening thousands of jobs by unleashing a raft of mail centre closures across Britain.

The scale of the assault is becoming clearer by the week.

Many activists in the CWU union are angry and bewildered by our union’s response.

When management recently announced their intention to close Stevenage mail centre union reps demanded a ballot for strike action.

Some 150 workers face either redundancy or a 40-mile round-trip to another office.

But the national leadership say the agreement to end last year’s dispute means we cannot strike against the closure.

Instead, we are told, we must put an “alternative financial plan”, which must show the “the same level of savings” as closing the mail centre.

In effect, the union is expected to propose slashing its own members’ jobs by suggesting the closure of different mail centre.

How any union can accept this logic is beyond me. Certainly, this aspect of the national agreement that CWU members voted on recently was not explained to anyone.

Union activists must express their anger with the closure programme and the national union’s acceptance of it.

Every member of our postal executive should be inundated with demands for a fight to save our mail centres and jobs.

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Tue 6 Jul 2010, 17:36 BST
Issue No. 2209
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