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.