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18 May 2011

CWU conference: Support joint union action on 30 June

Morale among postal workers has never been so low. We think things can't get any worse but they do. One of the Brown government's final acts was to appoint new chief executive, Moya Greene, with the job of privatising Royal Mail.

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30 March 2011

In brief

Unite elections: Ballot papers to elect a new executive committee for Unite have now been sent out and must be returned by 15 April to be counted...

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23 March 2011

Fast News

Mail closures: Royal Mail bosses plan to axe another 1,700 jobs and close two mail centres - Nine Elms Lane and Bromley-by-Bow - in London...

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9 March 2011

Workplace news in brief

Medirest NHS cleaners returned to the picket line on 7 March for a three-day strike in their ongoing battle over unpaid wages and sick pay...

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2 February 2011

Keep the post public demo

Around 350 people marched through Birmingham city centre on 29 January as the Communication Workers Union's (CWU) Keep the Post Public campaign continued its journey around the country. An edited version of this article appeared in issue 656 of The Socialist.

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2 February 2011

Defend democracy in the CWU

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) national executive (NEC) has scandalously and without precedent postponed this year's NEC elections until after annual conference in May, writes Socialist Party members in the CWU.

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19 January 2011

Cameron 'thanks' postal workers by axing their jobs and pensions

Two days after MPs voted through the Postal Services Bill, postal workers received Royal Mail's employee newspaper, the Courier, carrying a letter from the prime minister on page three thanking us for our "excellent work" in ensuring that Christmas letters, cards and parcels were delivered, writes A postal worker.

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12 January 2011

Campaigners tell PM: 'No to Royal Mail privatisation'

ON SUNDAY 9 January, 1,000 people turned up in Witney, prime minister David Cameron's Oxfordshire constituency, to demonstrate against the privatisation of the Royal Mail, writes Steve Bell.

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11 November 2010

Fight the mail centre cuts

Royal Mail management in London is hell-bent on asset stripping in preparation for the Con-Dem government's plans to privatise the post service, writes Greg Maughan.

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Communication Workers Union, CWU, lobby of parliament over the privatisation of Royal Mail postal services Feb 09, photo Paul Mattsson

Communication Workers Union, CWU, lobby of parliament over the privatisation of Royal Mail postal services Feb 09, photo Paul Mattsson

15 September 2010

Royal Mail: Con-Demned to history?

THE ANNOUNCEMENT by business secretary Vince Cable last week that the Con-Dem coalition intends to sell off Royal Mail (RM) came as no surprise to anyone in my office, a Coventry postal worker writes.

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9 September 2010

New Royal Mail boss sharpens her axe

The propaganda war over the privatisation of Royal Mail (RM) was stepped up last week when managers at my office briefed us on the intention of our new chief executive to suspend repayment of its government loan, writes A Coventry postal worker.

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1 September 2010

Coventry mail centre closes

Royal Mail (RM) is on a mission to streamline the business at all costs as it abandons its role as a public service and becomes profit orientated, writes A Coventry postal worker.

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The CWU protest February 2009 against Post Office privatisation, photo Paul Mattsson

The CWU protest February 2009 against Post Office privatisation, photo Paul Mattsson

26 May 2010

Royal Mail not for sale

DELEGATES TO the Communication Workers Union (CWU) conference have voted unanimously to fight the government's privatisation plans for the Royal Mail service, with a "broad-based public campaign", writes Gary Clark, Assistant Branch Secretary, Scotland No.2 CWU.

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19 May 2010

Communication Workers Union conference: Hands off Royal Mail!

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) annual conference runs from 23-27 May. Since the last conference we have seen some of the most important battles in the CWU's history, writes Gary Clark, assistant branch secretary, Scotland No.2 CWU.

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19 May 2010

Defending the postal service

News that the Royal Mail Business Transformation Agreement was accepted by CWU members by a majority of 2 to 1 has gone down like a lead balloon at my delivery office, writes A Coventry postal worker.

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Paul Couchman, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate for Spelthorne

Paul Couchman, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate for Spelthorne

21 April 2010

Spelthorne: "The trade union candidate guy"

AS THE Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Candidate for Spelthorne in Surrey, I delivered our 43,800 election leaflets to the Royal Mail last week, writes Paul Couchman.

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14 April 2010

Postal workers call for 'no' vote on deal

Communication Workers Union (CWU) members in Royal Mail are currently being balloted on whether or not to accept the proposals made in the document 'Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond'...

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17 March 2010

'Winners' and losers in Royal Mail deal

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", writes Gary Clark, assistant branch secretary, Scotland No.2 branch CWU.

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10 March 2010

CWU to put Royal Mail deal to ballot of members

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has announced that it has reached a deal with Royal Mail over pay and working conditions but the issue of pensions remains outstanding...

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20 January 2010

Dear Granny Smith

A Letter from your Postman by Roy Mayall: THIS EXCELLENT short book gives an insight into the current attacks on Royal Mail workers from the viewpoint of an 'ordinary postie'. It is not a political polemic or a campaign resource, writes Reviewed by Greg Maughan.

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