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Post workers ballot begins in the fight against Royal Mail privatisation

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Issue 2356
CWU members in Glasgow protest against O2 outsourcing
CWU members in Glasgow protest against O2 outsourcing (Pic: Piers Doughty-Brown)

Voting has begun over the future of Royal Mail. 

The CWU union has opened a consultative ballot to 112,000 members in Royal Mail over privatisation, a mail boycott, pay and non-cooperation with Royal Mail.

The union is asking members to vote yes.

It says that if it gets a good response it will take action without holding another ballot.

It is crucial for all members to vote yes and to campaign for a yes vote in their workplaces. 

The ballot comes amid Tory plans to sell off Royal Mail.

Around a third of the workforce has already been lost as bosses gear up for privatisatio, which will drag down standards and wages. 

Bosses argue that there is a drop in the amount of mail being sent, but figures show it has risen.

Under privatisation there would be no obligation to deliver all 26 million letters a day that the Royal Mail currently handles.

The ballot closes on Tuesday 18 June.

The CWU is holding a strike ballot for members working in Telefonica O2 call centres in Bury, Glasgow, Leeds and Preston Brook over plans to outsource jobs to Capita. 

Telefonica announced it will outsource 3,500 jobs to Capita.

 

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