Socialist Worker

CWU Chesterfield

by Mark Longden
Issue No. 2000

An excellent CWU union local meeting was held in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, recently to discuss the Lib Dems’ idea of part privatisation of the Post Office. This proposal means that 49 percent of the company would be sold off, 25 percent kept by the government and 26 percent kept in a trust by the employees.

The first part of the meeting was akin to a party political broadcast for the Lib Dems. Local Liberal MP Paul Holmes attended the meeting. This was quickly rectified by the militant attitude from the people in attendance.

A CWU rep pointed out the Lib Dems’ local privatisation of refuse collection has been considered a disaster.

The CWU regional political officer told how he’d been thrown out of the Labour Party for opposing privatisation.

The mood in the meeting was that people are ready to fight. The chair said strikes would not be supported by the majority of the workforce.

A rep replied that the only way that situation would be changed was if the people in the room argued in favour of it with their workmates and had local meetings. This met with approval and the meeting broke up with a sense of positive achievement.

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Sat 13 May 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2000
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