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Anger at CWU union conferences over bullying

by Annette Mackin, in Bournemouth
Issue No. 2402

The postal and finance and telecoms sectors in the CWU union both held their conferences in Bournemouth from Tuesday to Thursday of last week. The postal conference was the first since Royal Mail was privatised last year. It showed signs that workers already face serious problems.

Post workers voted last year for a national strike to defend pay, pensions and jobs. But union leaders called off the action—and reached a deal that was supposed to deal with bullying and bring a review into delivery workloads.

Yet reps said they were still receiving complaints from workers about bullying from management. A motion was passed that called on the union’s executive to bring about an end to acting managers carrying out formal disciplinary action.

A motion was also put calling for industrial action if the issues affecting delivery workers are not resolved. Although it was defeated, it highlighted the frustration of many workers.

Several motions to the financial services and telecoms conference outlined the high pressure BT workers are under from performance management targets. One delegate told how a worker had been given the target of “108 percent”.

Members voted in favour of going for an industrial action ballot if there is not a noticeable change in performance management processes by the end of July.

See report of the CWU general conference

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