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CWU urges workers to 'keep fighting' Royal Mail privatisation scheme

The Communication Workers Union has called on employees to keep fighting a scheme to privatise Royal Mail.

21 March 2011

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has urged employees in the sector to rally against government plans to privatise Royal Mail.

In a move that could prompt strike negotiations, Billy Hayes, general secretary of the organisation, spoke to attendees at a demonstration in Brighton and called on them to carry on the fight against the plans.

He claimed policymakers are failing to listen to the opinion of the general public, their own voters and the CWU - stating that privatisation will prompt a "massive" number of local branch closures.

"We mustn't accept such two-faced policy making," Mr Hayes said. "That's why we oppose privatisation and that's why we must keep fighting."

Earlier in the month, CWU members voted "overwhelmingly" in favour of conducting industrial action over a dispute about pay and job security at the Post Office.

More than 90 per cent of those polled were for the strike and deputy general secretary Dave Ward claimed this figure sends a message to bosses that employees will not accept unfair wages.

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