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Submitted by David Warren (not verified) on Thu, 15/04/2021 - 14:48

Thanks to Ollie for the update on this important dispute. Sadly I am not surprised to hear that the CWU T&FS Executive has not announced a timetable for an Industrial action ballot, this might be because they are still reeling from the shock that their cosy partnership arrangement with BT has abruptly come to an end.

Even under a Broad Left leadership workplace militancy was a long way down the list of priorities and the minority who spoke out were isolated or worse. It is literally decades since a branch requested a ballot for industrial action preferring instead to enjoy generous facilities including time off and accomodation from the employer. Key people who were part of the BL split the electoral machine that put them on to the executive in order to capture the Deputy General Secretary and other National Officer posts via a deal with the right wing clerical section.

That leadership now face their biggest test in mobilising a membership in the main had no experience of a fight with the employer. Of course that doesn't mean they can't win but if they do the question of how to deal with the dead hand of the bureaucracy at CWU HQ remains.

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