Postal workers seeking recognition at UK Mail in Birmingham have been recruiting members for the CWU outside the company’s main depot. Local reps were joined on the street during shirt changes by General Secretary Billy Hayes.

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POSTAL workers seeking recognition at UK Mail in Birmingham have been recruiting members for the CWU outside the company’s main depot.

Local reps were joined on the street during shirt changes by General Secretary Billy Hayes.

“I think it’s beginning to dawn on the company that we’re a feature here now and we’re not going away,” said Birmingham Amal branch secretary Steve Reid.

“Health and safety is a massive issue here – by far the biggest – although there are many other grievances, including pay of course, shift and overtime rates and annual leave.”

Steve added that, in an informal conversation with one of the senior UK Mail managers, the manager had said that he was still resolutely opposed to union recognition.

“But,” Steve recalled: “I told him we were absolutely determined to win full recognition. No matter how long it takes or how hard it is – we will get there.”

Summing up the evening’s work, Billy Hayes said: “Tonight’s been really positive – it just brings home to us that there are so many workers out there, right across the country who want union representation – and it’s up to all of us in the CWU to make it happen.

“Currently, Royal Mail terms and conditions are by far the best in the industry, but we want this to become the norm right across the industry, then this removes any pressure on Royal Mail to ‘compete’ by undercutting.

“The Government’s own statistics office shows that trade union members have higher wages, longer holidays, more training, better pensions, and greater health and safety at work than unorganised workers. UK Mail workers are recognising this in growing numbers, now UK Mail management should recognise the CWU.”


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