Monday, 19 May 2008
Postcomm overstep their remit
On the Buzz from the latest Postcomm recommendation to privatise Royal Mail Billy Hayes, the General secretary of the Communications Workers Union, has indicated that Postcomm have overstepped their remit.
No friend of Postcomm Mr Hayes has said the option for a private equity group to take a giant slice of Royal Mail is 'their opinion' and that 'The review team and The Government' will decide.
Further the CWU are still in dispute about the pension cuts for members from last years strike.
CWU are in discussions with management MP's Trustees etc but this may well flare up again.
The disastrous strike last year led to problems for both Royal Mail and the Unions and I would have thought there was little desire for another strike by the CWU or its members again. But both Union and Management are entrenched with each offering a 'take it or leave it' proposal.
But the threat may be enough to get some government intervention or at least a firmer commitment to keep RM in public ownership.
Last summer Mr Brown refused to be drawn. But then he was riding high in the polls and fighting floods and had none of his present woes.
The CWU is a contributor to the Labour Party. But many of its members questioned the wisdom of supporting a party that wouldn't help them back.
Seeing that Mr Brown rather needs the money, and certainly doesn't need even more problems,
especially from Core Labour supporters, he may be more inclined to find something like the "necessary oomph for the economy" as Jaqui Smith remarked on the £2.7 billion tax giveaway the other day.
Posted by Bill Quango MP