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Preparing for a national post ballot

Issue No. 2004

Preparations were continuing this week for a national strike ballot in Royal Mail over the imposed pay deal, threats to pensions, attacks on the union and other matters.

In the background is privatisation and plans for further mass job cuts – and there are new reports of plans to issue shares.

Many CWU union branches are moving towards holding office gate meetings to spread the resistance.

It would be disastrous if the union were to settle for anything less than a clear victory. Royal Mail chairman Allan Leighton is out to break the CWU in order to force through his cuts plan

Every activist should be organising to win the ballot by setting up meetings in every section and explaining to their workmates that this is a battle to win decent pay, keep jobs, halt privatisation and maintain the union’s right to represent members.

It will be easier to win the ballot if workers feel there is wide public support for their cause. CWU branches should make links with other workers and schedule public rallies to emphasise that this is a struggle for a service we all rely on.

Meanwhile a Manchester union rep reports, “On Friday of last week I was approached by my DSM (delivery service manager). He told me that the CWU is being foolish in calling for a strike. He said Royal Mail had plans to counteract the ballot and undermine the CWU.

“He went on to inform me of Allan Leighton’s plan to buy off the staff with his share plan. He said, ‘We are ready to hand the shares to our people to divert their attention away from a yes vote. It is already a done deal with the department for trade and industry. The CWU will then be finished and we will be able to move on with our vision for the business.’ 

“I passed this information on to my members and I can promise that they are more determined than ever to vote yes to action.”

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Sat 10 Jun 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2004
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