Posts Tagged ‘CWU’

Dave Ward to replace Billy Hayes as Communications Union leader

by Jon Lansman.

Dave Ward who has been the deputy general secretary (postal) of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) since 2003 was this afternoon declared elected as general secretary to replace Billy Hayes who has held the post since 2001 and was standing for a fourth term. CWU is the biggest trade union in the communications sector with 200,000 members […]

Unions have united for Labour victory. The party must respond to union concerns

by Billy Hayes.

All the signs are that Labour can form a majority government in 2015. Lord Ashcroft’s larger opinion polls all indicate that the Tories and Lib Dems are going to lose a lot of seats to Labour. David Cameron seems to agree. This realisation forced him into a large Cabinet reshuffle in an attempt to find […]

Legal loophole used to exploit agency workers must be closed

by Billy Hayes.

Day-in, day-out agency workers doing exactly the same job as their colleagues are receiving up to £500 less in their pay packet every month. Why the gaping disparity? Because employers are using a clever legal loophole to undercut permanent employees and exploit temporary workers. This week is part of Fair Pay Fortnight and the Communication […]

Young Labour committee votes to discuss policy no more than every two years

by Conrad Landin.

At October’s Young Labour national committee meeting, committee members, including chair Simon Darvill and NEC rep Bex Bailey, voted to reject two motions as agenda items: on the grounds that it was not the committee’s place to pass substantive motions, and that this should be left to the biennial policy conference. This has a very […]

Strike ballot for Royal Mail workers

by Newsdesk.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) representing postal workers, has announced it will ballot for a national postal strike this month, if current ongoing talks with Royal Mail do not bring agreement. CWU is planning for ballot papers to go out on 20 September to 125,000 Royal Mail workers in what would be the first national […]

90% strike vote sends warning to Romec

by Newsdesk.

Communication Workers Union (CWU) members have voted by more than nine to one in favour of strike action at facilities and maintenance company Romec in protest at “bullying” managers. Romec, a joint venture between multi-national Balfour Beatty and Royal Mail, provides services including electrical, plumbing, security and cleaning to Royal Mail, Post Office and Parcelforce. The […]

Why Cable’s postal Bill must be blocked

by Billy Hayes.

The coalition government’s Postal Services Bill cannot be criticised for lacking innovation. While Royal Mail remains state-owned it cannot really go bankrupt, but selling it brings the risk of bankruptcy. A universal service still has to be provided so the innovations of privatisation include provision for taxpayers to bail out in the event of such […]

CWU slam “politically motivated privatisation”

by Jon Lansman.

The Communication Workers Union today condemned plans announced today to privatise Royal Mail and vowed to fight the politically motivated move by all means. It described Royal Mail as “successful and modernising” and added “privatisation is unpopular and politically motivated-  to get hands on pension cash“.

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