Royal Mail's chairman Allan Leighton told a managers’ meeting last week of his intention to ballot the workforce over his plans to issue shares in the business.
The shares plan means privatisation. Leighton will no doubt send out a very balanced question such as “Would you like £4,000?” and then use any endorsement to increase the pressure on the government to accept his proposals.
In fact Leighton’s ballot would be an effort to bounce ministers into doing as he wants. Royal Mail managers are also considering releasing the result of their survey constituency by constituency in order to win more MPs to the deal.
It is important that the CWU union does not legitimise Leighton’s fake ballot by taking part in it.
It would be best to launch our own ballot simultaneously with Leighton’s, asking workers if they want privatisation and long-term job cuts and other attacks. We could then argue for postal workers to vote in our ballot, not the bosses’ ballot.
Jane Loftus, CWU executive (pc)
Postal workers at Liverpool’s Copperas Hill processing centre are balloting for strikes over management’s attacks on Christmas working arrangements.
Torquay postal workers walked out on briefly last week in a dispute over Christmas holidays. The 140 staff are now back at work.