POSTAL WORKERS across Britain are voting on who should be their union's next deputy general secretary (postal). It is important that John Keggie, the candidate supported by the Blairites in the union, is soundly defeated.
The central issue is, should the union work even more closely with the government and the employers, or should it be ready for confrontation where necessary?
Dave Ward, Keggie's opponent, says on his website, 'I will not play with industrial action - when we ballot we will mean it. John Keggie and Royal Mail both know this to be the case. That is why Royal Mail are allowing him to speak to members during worktime on a tour of 35 mail centres in their bid to get him re-elected.'
Keggie denies he has been offered access to 35 sites. But there is no doubt that Royal Mail will cheer if he wins. Socialist Worker has no illusions that Dave Ward is an ideal candidate. But he will be more open to pressure from the rank and file than Keggie.
Nor is Ward so utterly wedded to the defence of New Labour. Votes must be in by 19 May with the result expected on 22 May.