A national CWU forum last week saw around 400 delegates discussing the future of the postal industry.
It was dominated by a sense of solidarity with the Belfast postal workers and the prospect of a coming battle nationally over Royal Mail’s attacks.
Delegates insisted on the need for a shorter working week of 35 hours rather than job cuts, and for a determined campaign to raise basic pay from the present £311.50 a week to the British average of £395.50. CWU leaders enthusiastically endorsed this.
There was total opposition to teamworking and the “Dutch model” of a large and poorly paid part-time element in the workforce.
Suggestions to improve conditions and protect jobs were to renew calls on the workforce not to use their own cars on delivery, to dissuade people from starting work early, and to insist on real moves towards “work-life balance”.