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deal or no deal?
T
HE NATIONAL DEAL between unacceptable. We must also tackle Saturday attendances:
the CWU and Royal Mail is the underlying problem. Downstream Royal Mail wants to make Saturday a
supposed to be revealed on Access has been deliberately encouraged “normal working day”.
Friday 22 January. by Postcomm in order to give work to That would mean a last letter time of
You wouldn’t want to bet your life competitors. 3pm or 4pm on Saturday as well.
they will keep to the timetable. After We effectively subsidise these This is quite simply not acceptable
all some managers couldn’t make it competitors when we deliver DSA, for CWU members in deliveries.
through the snow to the talks (of course because it costs us 2p more to handle it We believe there is no reason
the workforce had to!) than we are charging them to do so. why Royal Mail cannot accept that
Here are some of the issues we Saturday working is anti-social.
believe workers have to be aware of: Delivery Spans: Royal Mail’s attempt
to impose longer delivery spans by D2D: After a (small) one-off payment,
Defending full-time jobs: There must absorbing extra delivery work must be Management want this simply
be no further moves towards making the halted completely. absorbed into work. That’s not on.
job part-time.

Job losses: There are strong indications


that management want 20,000 job losses
over three years. That carnage will not
Could we win if we have to fight?
only cause unemployment, but will also If the deal is no good then the Any mood of demoralisation
mean those who are left will be working only way to get a better one is to after the ending of the last strikes
even harder—and wreck the service. fight—and that means starting to could be quickly turned round
organise now. if the union was serious about
Shorter Working Week: The The problem is that the union fighting. And this time the action
introduction of over 500 Walk called off the strikes too soon should be more than one day from
Sequencing Machines, plus the roll-out before Christmas. the start.
of Intelligent Letter Sorting Machines The strikes had built up a big There is too much at stake to
and Flat Sorting Machines threatens to backlog, and there was a real simply roll over and die!
make everyone in deliveries part-time. momentum behind the campaign. Other unions are also fighting,
Quite simply, there won’t be enough That was all thrown away—for with the PCS civil service union
indoor workload left to maintain full- talks. starting a national strike ballot on
Royal Mail are now under less 4 February.
time jobs at 40 hours a week.
pressure—but that can change Postal workers should try to
There has never been a more quickly, and postal workers can take action alongside others and
appropriate or important time to win. lead the charge against the cuts
introduce a Shorter Working Week. A campaign by postal workers which all the main parties are
Postal workers need a 35 hour has to be linked ot the defence of promising after the election.
GROSS Short Working Week with no a public service. A strike in the If there is surrender over the
loss of pay to protect jobs. run-up to the election would be a deal then it will mean more
powerful blow against Royal Mail’s bullying, victimisation and
Mail Centres: Bosses want half masters in the government. management power.
the mail centres to close! That’s

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