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To stop privatisation, for a reasonable workload and for decent pay...

TS VITAL THAT EVERY CWU MEMBER at Royal Mail throws themselves into the campaign for the biggest YES vote possible in the ballot to take on the bosses for decent pay, conditions and against privatisation. The solid strikes continuing at Crown Post Office show that members on the postal side of the union are angry and prepared to take action. For their next strike day on tuesday, members in Royal Mail should make sure and deliver solidarity. Its essential that at every level of the union, the CWU throws its full weight into the campaign for action. Many still remember the way the last strike was called off in 2009, when we had Royal Mail on the ropes at Xmas. Since then, we have had three years of modernisation changes that have massively increased members daily workloads, and brought major disruption to their working lives. Royal Mail has used and abused the 2007 Pay & Modernisation agreement and flexibility to bully and harass members in delivery, and the Business Transformation agreement to slash jobs in processing by closing mail centres. For these reasons, it shouldnt be taken for granted that theres confidence among rank and file members in the idea that strikes can win. But anger against the attacks, both from Royal Mail bosses and more widely in the Tories austerity drive is bubbling over.

ALL OUT FOR A BIG YES VOTE: LETS TAKE ON THE BOSSES

Solid support for Crown Post Office strikes (LEFT), Bristol post workers strike to defend conditions (RIGHT)

Battle

Its great the CWU is now giving a lead in this fightwe need a massive and concerted campaign amongst rank and file members and workplace reps. And with a weak, though nasty, government, and many other groups of workers entering into battle, its definately a fight we can win. The politics of austerity need to be tackled head on. We didnt create the economic crisis. We shouldnt be paying for it. As postal workers we should be defending 100 percent public ownership of Royal Mail, run as a universal public service. We need to campaign hard against privatisation. Royal Mail has now been run as a business rather than a service for decades, during which time the job has become harder and harder. All this happened without Royal Mail being privatised.

The ideological legacy of Thatcher is Free Market Good, Public Service Bad and Privatise, Privatise, Privatise. Cameron and the Con-Dem government will launch a barrage of political propaganda to try to justify privatisation of Royal Mail. Members will no doubt be offered the bribe of shares in a privatised Royal Mail. Lets be clearwe dont need shares, we need above inflation pay rises. The threat privatisation brings to jobs, pay and terms and conditions must be clearly spelled outit is huge. We should also go on the offensive about how privatisation will destroy a valued and respected public service if privateers take it over and run it to maximise their shares of profits at its expense. Its great to hear talk from our union leaders of gearing up for a fight. Strikes are the most effective way to stop the raft of attacks we face, which are part of a wider Tory agenda of austerity and privatisation. We have to throw everything at this fight, and look to coordinate

with other workers fighting back to defend jobs, conditions and services. The PCS and the teachers unions, NUT and NASUWT, have strikes lined up June. DWP and tax workers will be out in the first week of June, and then theres a national PCS strike planned alongside a North West teachers strike at the end of June. A national joint union teachers strike is also set for November.And firefighters are set to fight over pensions, while the RMT have several disputes running where theres the possibility for coordination.

Organised

We will clearly not be fighting alone in the CWU. Now what we need is the sort of campaign that can win. That means that around the current ballot, its essential to mobilise and give confidence to rank and file members in the workplace. Vote YES in the ballot, push for our union to move towards strikes and get organised to link up with the wider resistance to austerity.

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