Postal workers accept lousy deal

Submitted by Matthew on 29 April, 2010 - 2:38 Author: Edward Maltby

Postal workers voted two-to-one to accept the deal drawn up between the CWU leadership and Royal Mail management.

The deal represents a pay rise of 7%, but over four years. It also represents the abolition of the per-item payment rate for junk-mail deliveries, which will be replaced with a standard weekly payment of £20.80.

For delivery workers, the deal is yet another shoddy let-down from their union leadership and scant reward for the courage they showed throughout months of strike action. The union negotiated the deal almost entirely behind closed-doors and sprang it on the membership as a “take it or leave it” offer.

Unfortunately, although many branches did come out against the deal, there was no coordinated campaign for a “no” vote. This sell-out of a strike with massive potential is further evidence of the need for strong rank-and-file organisation in the CWU that can hold the leadership to account and demand that strikes and negotiations are controlled from below in future.

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