Posted on October 9th, 2009
What a great result!
61,623 yes votes
…adds up to a massive majority of 76.24%. Royal Mail’s feeble appeals to the membership have fallen flat on their face. Workers have had enough of cuts and closures, management dictat and bullying, and are getting ready to fight it out for our future.
Mark Higson, Royal Mail’s managing director Mark Higson pleaded for the CWU to drop the strikes: “The union has repeatedly offered a strike-free moratorium. We call on the union to honour that commitment.” A bit late for that Mark, withdraw the cuts and negotiate or get ready to do some deliveries.
The 2007 ballot saw only a similar turnout and majority of 77.5%. Our effort then was magnificent, now the postal system is already creaking under a backlog bigger than 2007 thanks to the hundreds of offices already on strike, led by London.
Let’s not fritter it away, start lobbying the PEC and passing motions demanding immediate action, we’ve delayed long enough. With the backlog and a big vote, we’re all set up for a powerful national strike – now lets knock Royal Mail down!