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Issue No. 1861

LEADERS OF the CWU union have postponed a decision on whether to call strike ballots over the national pay offer and London weighting. But the issue will not go away.

The London campaign committee has called a meeting next Wednesday for the capital's CWU officers and unit reps. It will discuss their response to the pay offer. There will be massive support if the London reps back calls for a day of action and strikes.

At last week's London weighting coordinating committee 50 reps met. There was a real feeling that the time has come to deliver action, otherwise the momentum could be lost. Reps reported that their members are up for a fight. The meeting discussed a rank and file strategy through a campaign of posters, leaflets and workplace meetings.

London postal workers have already demonstrated their feeling over the issue. In May, in an unofficial ballot, they voted by 19,803 votes to 91 for action. Documents circulating inside the union leadership claim that senior figures in Royal Mail believe that this is a good time to 'take on the union'. Bosses hope to make the most of splits in the union on regional lines.

The best answer to that is a powerful campaign for better pay for everyone and a £4,000 London weighting. London's workers have the power to bring the city's postal services to a standstill. The campaign has the potential to be a vital turning point in destroying management's agenda and would deliver a significant victory for all CWU members.

POSTAL WORKERS in Cambridge are campaigning against the deportation of Boris Lidovski, who has worked at the local mail centre for five years.

Boris sought asylum in Britain after being threatened at gunpoint by Russian gangsters. His supporters include CWU general secretary Billy Hayes, Norwich MP Ian Gibson and CWU Eastern Region secretary John Colbert.

The CWU's Eastern No 4 branch area processing rep Paul Turnbull says Boris will be in danger if he is forced to return to Russia.

  • Petitions are available from Boris Lidovski Must Stay Campaign, c/o Paul Turnbull, CWU Union Office, Cambridge Mail Centre CB1 7QQ.

    The new issue of the rank and file paper Post Worker is out this week. It includes analysis of key issues like TDS, the mail centre review, pay and job cuts. It also has reports from Ilford and Coventry, and statements from the candidates for outdoor secretary. To order your copies phone 07904 157 779.

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    Sat 26 Jul 2003, 00:00 BST
    Issue No. 1861
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