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2010 And Beyond:


What the postal
deal means for CWU
members
The Communication Workers Union
(CWU) leadership have agreed a deal
with Royal Mail that they say “delivers
on the major issues which postal
workers have fought for”. The 80 page
agreement has been met with a wide
range of views amongst CWU members,
as it has produced many ‘winners’ but
also a large number of losers. Many
delivery workers could lose between
£10 and £30 a week.

Gary Clark, assistant branch secretary,


Scotland No.2 branch CWU

When looking at the deal we must view


where we were and where we are now.
Early last year the management started
their “modernisation programme”. They
charged ahead without agreement, interim agreement. A period of intense agreement or any involvement with the
in fact they said they did not need an negotiations finally produced this CWU.
agreement. national agreement.
Much has been made of an inflation-
That’s when the union started to Many members will be asking what has busting 6.9% three-year pay deal. But
campaign against management’s slash been gained by last year’s industrial this should be viewed as a four-year
and burn. My own branch began the action. What must be the starting point deal as there was a wage freeze last
industrial action, when in March last is that the aim of management and the year. Many delivery workers will lose
year a small delivery office in Fife took government was to smash the CWU as money. Those employed before the
strike action. a combative force. Now, all changes to 2007 dispute will still receive an early
working practices will have to be made shift allowance of £12 and get paid
This soon spread, particularly in London with the full involvement of the CWU for delivering door to door items [junk
and other areas. This led to a national at all levels. This time last year, Royal mail]. They receive a payment of around
ballot and strike action, resulting in an Mail were introducing change without £25 a week.
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an allowance of £20 a week. With
the upper limit of three door-to-door
Overall we recognise that there have
been some gains made. At the start
of last years dispute, Royal Mail were
working-class people. We are involved in
many campaigns throughout the UK. We
support workers in industrial disputes.
items being scrapped, workers will threatening to de-recognise the CWU Socialist Party members played leading
receive less money for more work. and clearly wanted to break the union roles in important disputes in 2009,
– activists will know that the union is such as the successful Lindsey Oil
Much has also been made of the still standing strong. Refinery strike in Yorkshire, the Visteon
bonuses which workers receive, struggle in London and Belfast, and the
dependent on certain targets being But Socialist Party members in dispute at Swansea Linamar car parts
reached. But this money was already the CWU don’t believe that we can plant. We fight against student tuition
there, it has just been repackaged. support a deal that will leave a large fees and against privatisation of our
section of our membership financially services. We campaign for better pay, to
For a long time a shorter working week worse off. stop council house sell-offs and for free
has been a goal of the union as a way education. We campaign against the war
to defend jobs. We welcome any cut The London Division and the Bristol and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan
in the working week but a cut of only branch, as well as a number of individual and fight for a socialist world free of war
one hour will be viewed as not enough, reps, rejected the deal at a recent and terror. We are part of the Campaign
as Royal Mail have just announced a national meeting. And undoubtedly for a New Workers’ Party, fighting for
further 12,500 job losses. more reps will be fighting to ensure that a mass party that can draw together
their members’ pay and conditions are socialists, trade unionists, community
If the union leadership had given a safeguarded in the coming months. campaigners and others, to represent
clearer lead and linked up to other and fight for the interests of working-
public sector unions then more could class people. At the same time, we
have been achieved. So much time has point to the need to transform society
elapsed since the last strike, it could completely; to fight for a socialist world
be difficult to lift the membership back run in the interests of the billions of
into struggle. ordinary people, not the billionaires. If
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Many CWU members, along with others in the trade union movement, are questioning the fact that they pay millions of
pounds to a party that kicks them in the teeth. Working class people need a political voice, something Labour stopped
offering us a long time ago!
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capacity. All three establishment parties agree that it is working people who must pay the price of the economic crisis. We
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