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Royal Mail eases off over London job losses

Issue No. 2255

Royal Mail appears to have backed down in the fight over job losses in London—at least temporarily.

Following a convincing strike vote by postal workers, bosses last week agreed to meet the union for talks.

They had previously insisted they would close the Bow Locks and Nine Elms mail centres, and the main central London delivery office, without any further discussion.

Declarations of solidarity from postal workers across Britain had rattled the bosses.

In line with a decision at last month’s CWU conference, many regions of the union declared that they would not handle any mail that bosses diverted from London.

Senior activists said that they would not stand by if any of their members were disciplined for upholding the policy.

Talks between the union and Royal Mail are due to conclude on Monday of next week.

But, say union activists, it is vital that postal workers in the capital remain prepared for action.

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Tue 7 Jun 2011, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2255
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