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Postal workers

Issue No. 1684

Postal workers

BY THE slenderest of margins postal workers have accepted the "Way Forward" pay and conditions package pushed by both Royal Mail and their own union leaders. On a 70 percent turnout 49,592 voted yes to the deal with 48,066 against. The "Way Forward" was presented by CWU union leaders a huge step forward. But as soon as the result was out the bosses made clear their real agenda. "This is the biggest change in working practices and conditions for more than half a century," said a management spokesperson. The small majority came despite a massive pro-deal propaganda campaign from union leaders and management. The majority of the left in the union opposed the deal. Those activists traditionally regarded as left wing who backed the deal might ponder what they have advised colleagues to swallow. The battle is far from over. It is one thing to ram through a vote-it is another to get the conditions implemented in well organised and militant offices.


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Sat 19 Feb 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1684
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