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Unite supports Save Our Royal Mail campaign

Unite supports Save Our Royal Mail campaign

20 June 2013

Unite, the country’s largest union, is standing with members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) who have overwhelmingly voted against government plans to privatise the Royal Mail.

Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: “Our members working in the Royal Mail are in management and senior management positions.

“They are becoming increasingly concerned about the proposed privatisation and its implications for the public, pensioners, the disabled and small companies - as well as future employment and their pension provisions.

“Their concerns reflect the overwhelming vote against privatisation carried this week by CWU members.”  

As part of its campaign of opposition to privatisation, the CWU has announced a lobby of parliament on 2 July and at a meeting today (Thursday 20 June) between the Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke and the general secretary of the CWU Billy Hayes, it was agreed that both unions will now work jointly to Save The Royal Mail from being sold off.

Unite members working in the Royal Mail and all Unite members are being encouraged to attend the lobby on 2 July.

The senior Unite CMA reps also requested that Unite call a special delegate conference during the pension consultation period to debate the issues of privatisation, the proposed pension changes and the next steps in the campaign.

The meeting welcomed the clear decisions of the CWU consultative ballot and acknowledged that such an overwhelming mandate, with such a high response rate, provided a clear indication of the strength of opposition to privatisation.

ENDS

For further information please contact Tony Burke on 07831 659939 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.