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Postal workers demand action over privatisation

Issue No. 1952

Postal workers have demanded tough action from their CWU union leaders in response to signs that the government and bosses at Royal Mail may be taking giant strides towards privatisation of the post.

Members in the London region have proposed an emergency motion for the CWU’s conference in June.

It calls for “the union national executive to obtain from Royal Mail and the government a clear, unequivocal statement that is in line with the Labour Party manifesto commitment that the Post Office will remain in the public sector as a wholly publicly owned company.

“Failure to achieve such a statement by 1 September 2005 will be viewed as an attack on the pensions, job security and working conditions of the members employed in the Post Office and will be resisted by all means at the union’s disposal, including national ballot of the membership.

“In addition if the government fails to honour its manifesto commitment all monies to the Labour Party will be suspended from 1 September 2005.”

The motion is already being passed by other branches across Britain. Royal Mail was expected to reveal huge profits this week, on the back of 30,000 job losses, speed-ups and a worse service. The start of the privatisation plan may be unveiled at the same time as the results are announced.

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Sat 21 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1952
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