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A post battle is coming

Hundreds of postal workers were to rally in London this week in defence of a publicly owned postal service. Norman Candy, CWU union London divisional rep, spoke to Socialist Worker about the issues

Issue No. 1967

We are very hopeful that this rally will be the launch pad for an intensified and powerful campaign.

One of the problems at the moment is that the voice of the workforce and the union is not being heard nearly powerfully enough in the far reaching debate about the future of the post.

It’s important that we come out with a strong campaign for a 100 percent publicly owned post.

Privatisation is a central question, with various schemes floated by Royal Mail chief Allan Leighton to start this process.

But it’s not just about privatisation. The issues of competition and liberalisation are also crucial.

The British government is rushing to open up the postal market in advance of the deadline set by the European Union.

Other countries are either waiting until the last moment or are not going to deregulate at all.

Private companies are taking away more and more of Royal Mail’s work.

TNT Mail has just grabbed a three year deal to handle energy supplier Npower’s customer statements and direct marketing materials.

Npower is TNT’s first utility sector client and this follows Powergen’s move to private mail operator UK Mail.

The rally on Wednesday won backing from 68 branches. This is a very good start and we need more of these initiatives.

We are determined to defend Royal Mail and our futures from these attacks and we do not rule out unofficial industrial action.

The new issue of Postworker, the rank and file newspaper, is out now. It is a specially extended issue on the battle for the post.

To order copies phone 07763 593 389 or e-mail reports@postworker.org.uk


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Sat 10 Sep 2005, 00:00 BST
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