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Say no to Royal Mail's no strike deal in ballot

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2385

CWU union reps were meeting across Britain to discuss the post-privatisation deal that the union negotiated with Royal Mail as Socialist Worker went to press.

The deal says workers now have five years protection on pay and job security, and a 9.06 percent pay deal over three years. Workers also received £200 over Christmas.

The union’s postal executive is arguing to recommend the deal in a ballot due to take place between Wednesday of next week and 29 January. 

However workers should reject the deal. 

The agreement talks of building a “can-do culture” and “improving efficiency”. This will mean increased workloads and stress. 

As workloads pile up, bullying by management will increase.

And worryingly the deal states that Royal Mail can withdraw the agreement under what it calls “exceptional circumstances”. One of these is if the union calls a national strike. 

The agreement will be reviewed in 2019, so this is effectively a no-strike deal for five years. This would be disastrous for the union.

Paul Garraway is a post worker in Oxford. He said, “The deal means even local disputes will be drawn out over tedious mediation sessions for so long that you’ll forget what you balloted for in the first place.”


Strikes win 'progress' in Crown Post Offices

The CWU union says it has made progress in talks with Crown Post Office (CPO) bosses.

Workers in CPOs struck for 13 full days last year and held regional half day strikes in December.

The action by some 4,000 workers was against plans to close and franchise offices and cut jobs.

The union called off strikes on 20 December.

Union members were meeting to hear further details as Socialist Worker went to press.

Gary Watt, CWU area rep for East Finchley in London told Socialist Worker, “Strikes brought the Post Office to the negotiating table. They kept saying they wouldn’t negotiate, but strikes in the run-up to Christmas hit them hard.”


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Tue 7 Jan 2014, 16:54 GMT
Issue No. 2385
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