So, it’s probable that Labour won’t be getting any more cash from the postal workers – not after the government sat back and watched the management of a company it owns use the courts to stop a strike. But will Billy Hayes and those on the EC who backed his sell-out deal be dumped along with affiliation to the Labour Party?
Here’s a report from The News Line on the sell-out:
THE CWU (Communications Workers Union) yesterday accepted the Royal Mail offer on pay along with plans to modernise the company and reform the pension scheme.
This came after the CWU Postal Executive Committee ratified by nine votes to five the deal agreed by the CWU general secretary Billy Hayes and deputy general secretary (postal) Dave Ward on 13 October.
Royal Mail said yesterday: ‘The CWU’s acceptance of the proposal means that Royal Mail can now go ahead with essential plans to modernise the business and make it more flexible, efficient and able to compete properly in the marketplace.
Royal Mail Chief Executive Adam Crozier acknowledged ‘the role played by Brendan Barber and the TUC and to thank them for helping to bring these talks to a sensible conclusion’.
The CWU will shortly ballot its members on the agreement.
‘Postal workers must throw out this sell-out deal’, Rob Bolton, Chairman HP Section, CWU South Central No 1 branch said yesterday.
He said: ‘In my opinion the CWU leadership caved in before the fight had really began.
‘We must reject the deal and replace this leadership of Hayes and Ward, with a leadership that will carry the struggle forward.
‘This leadership has negotiated away our hard won terms and conditions, it is time for it to go.’
CWU Eastern No 6 branch secretary Paul Olden added: ‘Our HQ is in for a rude awakening.
‘If the deal is no better than what we came on strike against, I won’t be recommending it to our branch.
‘We will need a new leadership within the union.
‘Under such a deal HQ might as well pack up and go home, Royal Mail will just push things through by executive action.’