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CWU General Secretary Dave Ward tells low-paid Amazon workers: 'Join a trade union, we will fight for you'

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The leader of the CWU has called on trade unions to work together and ‘coordinate the fight for change’

A leading figure in the trade union movement has called on other unions to step up and work together to “change the balance of forces in the world of work” and help workers across all sectors manage the spiralling cost of living.

It comes after the Communication Workers Union (CWU) announced a historic ballot result in favour of strike action over a pay dispute on Tuesday (19 July), the day before inflation hit another high of 9.4%.

Royal Mail strike ballot shows ‘what collective strength is all about’
Around 115,000 Royal Mail workers could be set to walk out in the coming weeks if the company does not revise a 2% pay increase imposed without consultation earlier this year, the CWU announced.

The ballot comfortably passed the legal 50% threshold, with 87,315 (77%) returned and 85,180 of those (97.6%) voting in favour of action.

At a press conference at York Barbican Theatre, CWU General Secretary Dave Ward described the vote as a “truly stunning result”.

Addressing a crowded room full of CWU reps who’d travelled from all over the country, as well as thousands more watching online, Mr Ward also spoke more broadly about the wider cost of living crisis, and the role of trade unions in standing up for workers across the economy.

He said the high turnout and support for industrial action shows that Royal Mail workers “understand what collectivism and collective strength is really about”.

Of the dispute, he said: “Our members are demanding a substantial pay rise, they know they deserve it and they also know the company can afford it”.

But he also went on to say that the ballot is reflective of a wider issue.

He said: “There is something fundamentally wrong in the UK today in the way that businesses like Royal Mail and others right across the country are being run, and it’s something that I think we have got to take on with other trade unions so that hopefully we can change the balance of forces in the world of work.”

Following on from recent announcements of industrial action by the RMT and ASLEF, plus ongoing ballots of public sector workers and dozens of smaller localised strikes across the country, Mr Ward was asked whether the Royal Mail dispute was part of a coordinated campaign by trade unions.
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