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Sixth biggest union rebuffs New Labour

Issue No. 1700

Sixth biggest union rebuffs New Labour

Enough is enough

Communication Workers Union conference delegates speak out against betrayals THE CONFERENCE of the CWU, made up of postal and telecom workers, expressed this week what millions are feeling about New Labour's Tory policies. Disgust.

But the conference went even further. Delegates voted that if New Labour privatises any part of the post office the union will stop supporting it, both financially and morally. And delegates voted overwhelmingly against increasing the political levy, which would have given more money to the Labour Party. This was despite CWU leaders pleading that Labour needs more cash in the run-up to the general election.

  • for more on the intense conference debate see page 5

"I'VE NEVER before been ashamed to be a member of the Labour Party, but that's how I feel now. How can you justify to a pensioner a 75p a week increase? I come from Oxford and I know the government has raised the question of elitism. I know about elitism. I know about working class children being prevented from going to university. But the main thing stopping them is the tuition fees this government introduced. I'm ashamed the prime minister stands up and defends us having the most highly regulated labour market in Europe. I'm bloody ashamed of it."

  • PETE BOSWELL from Oxfordshire, speaking to this week's conference

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Sat 10 Jun 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1700
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