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CWU members prepare for national action over the post

27 January 2007
A national ballot of postal workers in the CWU union is coming closer. The union is set to discuss calling a national ballot on Wednesday of this week.

CWU postal workers gear up for a national strike ballot

20 January 2007
Pressure is growing from postal workers for a national strike ballot. The CWU union’s executive has little choice but to discuss action after a national briefing last week for branch union reps gave an absolutely clear indication of the mood for action.

Pressure is growing for a national fightback in the Post Office

13 January 2007
The CWU postal workers’ union was holding a national briefing this week to decide a response to serious attacks.

Battle lines being drawn in Royal Mail

06 January 2007
Postal workers’ reps in the CWU union will gather for a national briefing next Wednesday. They are facing major challenges.

Exeter post strike called off

16 December 2006
Strike action at Exeter mail centre has been called off after an agreement was reached between the CWU union and management.

Socialist Worker appeal - Help us raise £200,000

18 November 2006
Paul Garraway is a post worker in Oxford. His South Central number one CWU union branch has voted to donate £50 to the Socialist Worker appeal.

Fightback needed against the planned closure of three mail centres

07 October 2006
The livelihoods of hundreds of CWU union members in Coventry, Reading and Gloucester are under serious threat following Royal Mail’s announcement to close mail centres in 2009.

Carterton and Witney: "Our unity in action has beaten management bullying"

07 October 2006
CWU workers from two delivery offices in West Oxfordshire voted overwhelmingly to end their two-month dispute over allegations of bullying and imbalanced application of national agreements.

Exeter postal workers reject management offer

02 September 2006
A mass meeting of 300 Exeter postal workers tonight rejected the latest offer from management. Bosses had eventually consented to talk to national CWU officials, but early hopes that this might signal a decent offer were dashed.

Walkout by Leicester delivery office

02 September 2006
Workers at Leicester’s north delivery office walked off shift to hold a CWU union meeting last week after they heard management were demanding the office lose 100 hours worth of jobs from their depot.

Walkout to support Exeter Royal Mail union rep

02 September 2006
Postal workers at Exeter mail centre have walked out unofficially and spontaneously to defend their CWU union and their local rep Fran Choules.

Fighting post privatisation

26 August 2006
Workers protested in five areas across Britain last Saturday and handed out thousands of leaflets against plans to close post offices and transfer services to WHSmith stores.The CWU union is already balloting hundreds of workers for industrial action over the move.

Postal workers strike ballot

12 August 2006
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.

Post dispute - it’s not sorted

22 July 2006
A deal on pay and conditions was thrown into crisis by Royal Mail’s arrogant dismissal of the CWU union this week.

CWU executive rejects latest Royal Mail deal

22 July 2006
The CWU union's postal executive met on Thursday 20 July and once more rejected the latest deal from Royal Mail. The executive demanded more amendments and rejected any attempt to link new government investment with privatisation. However, the votes to reject the deal was very close, and the executive did not reinstate the strike ballot. Socialist Worker supporters in the post are circulating this leaflet.

Ballot campaign in post battle

15 July 2006
CWU union leaders were set to issue formal notice of a national strike ballot this week, although last minute talks with management were happening as Socialist Worker went to press.

'Postal workers can win far more than this deal'

15 July 2006
The CWU postal executive committee is suggesting acceptance of a new deal over pay and conditions. But it would be a mistake to end the campaign which has rocked Royal mail chairman Allan Leighton and forced him to back off from some of his attacks. 

Reports round-up

08 July 2006
Gill Whittaker campaign Over 60 people lobbied the disciplinary hearing for Chesterfield PCS activist Gill Whittaker on Friday of last week. Those attending included delegations from the GMB, CWU, Amicus, UCU unions, Chesterfield trades council and the Derbyshire Unemployed Workers’ Centre. Speakers at the rally included Paul Holmes MP.

Postal workers wrong to delay ballot

08 July 2006
CWU union leaders abandoned their declared timetable and drew back from issuing official notification of a strike ballot on Monday of this week.

CWU union prepares to ballot for action and threatens Labour funding

23 May 2006
Postal workers have voted in huge numbers to reject their bosses’ agenda and have moved closer to a national strike ballot over pay.

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