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Postal workers

Issue No. 1849

THE RESULT of a ballot among 30,000 postal workers over London weighting was due to be announced this week after Socialist Worker went to press. The ballot covers postal workers in London employed by Royal Mail, Parcelforce, Post Office Counters, Motor Transport and Cash Handling.

The London region of the CWU union organised the consultation ballot despite a lack of support from the national union. CWU London regional secretary John Denton said, 'Royal Mail has reneged on their commitment to deal with London weighting. The cost of living in London has risen way beyond the rest of the country. In real money terms we are working for a lot less pay than the rest of the UK.

'This is the next step in a continuing campaign to raise London weighting to at least £4,000 per annum. Parity with the Metropolitan Police is our ultimate objective. We were expecting a massive vote in support of our campaign and will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure the claim is addressed. Unfortunately the issue of London weighting has been used as a political football by several candidates for national office in the CWU. This has prevented the union taking an adult approach to a real problem. We expect the current deputy general secretary or his successor to deal with our claim and put the arguments to the employer.'

THE NEW edition of the rank and file paper Post Worker hits the streets this week. The front page finds Billy Hayes, the CWU union general secretary, calling for postal workers to unite and stop the north/south divide created for electoral gains.

The paper contains statements from John Keggie and Dave Ward, candidates in the election for CWU deputy general secretary (postal), as well as activists' views.
Chris Tapper

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Sat 3 May 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1849
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