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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.

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.

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.

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.

Post bosses’ imposition of pay deal sparks Oxford wildcat walkout

20 May 2006
CWU postal workers’ union members at the Oxford mail centre walked out spontaneously at lunchtime on Wednesday of last week.

CWU Chesterfield

13 May 2006
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.

Royal Mail management imposes rejected pay offer

13 May 2006
In a hostile act, Royal Mail has decided to impose on postal workers a pay offer already rejected by the CWU union. The imposition immediately follows the company's heavy-handed attempt to ban the union's consultative ballot on the future of the industry which includes a focus on higher basic pay.

CWU debates payments to New Labour

08 April 2006
THE NATIONAL executive of the CWU union was discussing key motions this week.

National post strike ballot is needed

25 February 2006
The CWU union postal executive was meeting this week with calls growing for a national strike ballot. Even more offices are now balloting over local disputes. The latest group includes Plymouth, Stoke and Preston mail centres.

Postal workers national forum

18 February 2006
A national CWU forum last week saw around 400 delegates discussing the future of the postal industry.

Postal union predicts job cuts

04 February 2006
Royal Mail is set to axe 40,000 workers in a new round of cost cuts, according to the postal workers’ CWU union.

Management intimidation of Belfast CWU strikers

04 February 2006
Royal Mail management in Belfast have launched an almost unprecedented assault on CWU union reps.

Post workers

27 August 2005
Northampton Management has launched an attack on seven CWU union members, four of them reps, in the wake of the recent strike.

Telecom workers protest at O2 meeting

06 August 2005
About 120 ordinary shareholders, CWU union activists and O2 workers protested on Wednesday of last week at the company’s annual general meeting.

Northampton postal workers strike against assault on union

09 July 2005
Around 1,500 postal workers in Northampton are on strike in a battle for their CWU union’s future.

CWU conference — crunch point coming on post privatisation pay and sell-off

25 June 2005
The debates over the CWU postal and telecom union’s relations with the Labour Party continued to run throughout its conference last week.

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