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Postal workers strike ballot

Issue No. 2013

Postal workers, members of the CWU union at Essex, London and Nottingham distribution centres are being balloted on whether to strike in a dispute over working practices.

The dispute concerns the way in which large mailings are sorted and distributed to some businesses.

Terry Pullinger, the union’s assistant secretary, said, “The situation represents an outbreak of anger and frustration towards an employer who is using the challenges that our industry faces to avoid meaningful negotiations or consultation with the recognised trade union.”

Across the country postal workers are voting on the proposed “Shaping our Future” pay and conditions agreement.

While CWU union leaders say it is this is a “ground breaking” and “landmark” agreement a number of union branches including Cambridge and Essex have come out against the deal.

A Socialist Worker leaflet calling for a no vote is available at For more on the deal visit

Workers at Carterton and Witney in Oxfordshire have voted overwhemingly for strike action against management bullying.

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Sat 12 Aug 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2013
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