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Postal workers: Reject this deal

Issue No. 1680

Postal workers

Reject this deal

POSTAL WORKERS are about to start a vote on the "new" "Way Forward" agreement backed by their bosses and union leaders. It is a repackaged version of the one they rejected last year, and the "reforms" have made it worse.

An excellent leaflet put out by the London Divisional Committee of the CWU union says, "It is very rare that a national agreement, which has been rejected by the membership, can get worse. However, this agreement has. "The price our members will have to pay far outweighs the benefits they will receive." The whole strategy of the "Way Forward" scheme is to make people work harder and increase management's power.

The new deal lumps together a fundamental shake-up in conditions, this year's 2 percent pay rise and a bad agreement about the European Working Time Directive. It also adds new restrictions on the right to strike. Basic pay would rise but at the price of lost bonuses and allowances, plus much worse conditions. There will be massive propaganda from management and the national union for the deal. Opponents need to campaign to defend postal workers' rights.

  • Socialist Worker leaflets against the deal from 020 7987 1919.

Dave Chapple

A CAMPAIGN and the threat of strikes have prevented the sacking of Dave Chapple, a respected activist in the CWU union. The threat to his job had followed unofficial industrial action at the Bridgwater office in Somerset. Royal Mail backed off from sacking Dave because it feared walkouts. Dave still faces two years suspended dismissal simply for doing his job as a union rep. But the fact he keeps his job is a victory for rank and file pressure.

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Thu 20 Jan 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1680
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