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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 September 2003

Royal Mail's spin doctor

WE'RE GETTING stuff from management around every day now. Some of it is to our home addresses from "Alboy" Leighton. He's a spin doctor. I wouldn't have been surprised if he had got Alastair Campbell's job.

A London postal worker

The CWU wants a reduction in hours. Instead, Royal Mail want us to lose jobs.

In most mail centres this is a 10% cut in wages costs. Alboy has been plugging voluntary redundancy for some time and an extremely complicated formula based on age and length of service offers up to two years pay.

But it seems that not as many volunteers for redundancy have come forward as management expected.

Part of the background to the dispute is the way the union weakened itself, by not standing up to the employer. It supported "commercial freedom" but this meant not freedom to pay us more money but freedom to buy up lame duck companies around the world.

We have accepted a series of low-pay offers.

To cap it all, the union accepted Address Interpretation. This meant that "coders", who were mostly paid more than the basic rate as former PHGs (Postmen Higher Grade), were replaced by staff at Data Input Centres and paid less than the basic rate, and these low paid workers are being offered only the 3%.

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In The Socialist 6 September 2003:

Teach Blair A Lesson Build a new workers' party

Blair's head still spinning

Fight low pay, job cuts and privatisation in Royal Mail

Death and destruction in Iraq

Stop SATs: Unions must take action

How to beat top-up fees

Asylum seekers: Blunkett's harsh policies ignore reality

Daggers drawn in the BNP

Understanding Marxism - a guide to action

Will new IVF proposals end the postcode lottery?

London blackout: Chaos shows up failure to invest

TUC conference: Opportunities for the Left

Civil service union challenges New Labour's pension pans

Are the unions on a collision course with Blair and the bosses?

Royal Mail's spin doctor

Strike action on the increase

Israel/Palestine: Ceasefire collapses as Sharon targets Palestinian leaders

Italy - a 'hot autumn' awaits Berlusconi

Build a movement against the occupation of Iraq

Iraq: Can the occupation be stopped?


 

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