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Post workers gear up to fight privatisation

by Simon Midgley, Area Delivery Rep, Bradford & District (pc)
Issue No. 2351

Delgates to the CWU union conference at Bournemouth last week unanimously supported the union’s campaign to defeat the threat of privatisation.

They also agreed to push for an above-inflation pay rise for postal workers, an end to bullying and unrealistic workloads. 

Importantly they agreed to boycott the handling of Down Stream Access (DSA) mail that is collected by private firms and handed over to Royal Mail for delivery.

This DSA mail was previously both collected and delivered by Royal Mail. 

But liberalisation of the postal industry has allowed private firms to cherrypick this profitable work, then use Royal Mail to deliver it. 

The government has recently valued Royal Mail as worth between £2 billion and £3 billion. 

Billion

This is around £1 billion less than previously thought. 

Now there are reports that the government is preparing to privatise Royal Mail before the autumn—And sell it off cheap.

The CWU is launching a major campaign against this, starting with a consultative ballot.

Meetings will be held for members in every Royal Mail mail centre and delivery office over the coming weeks.

The ballot will begin on 22 May and finish on 18 June.

Activists need to ensure that the union’s fighting message is taken to rank and file members.

We need to maximise the ballot turnout as part of building support for the battles ahead.


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Tue 30 Apr 2013, 16:34 BST
Issue No. 2351
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