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    1. September 25, 2013

      Labour leadership rejects Royal Mail renationalisation calls

      The Labour leadership has rebuffed union-inspired votes by its annual conference to renationalise Royal Mail and the...

    2. July 26, 2013

      Decision looms on Royal Mail strike

      Postal workers’ leaders are to decide next week whether to hold a national strike ballot to protect jobs and pay as the...

    1. April 11, 2013

      Midnight Express, Coliseum, London – review

      Given all the hoo-hah attendant upon Sergey Polunin and Igor Zelensky quitting Peter Schaufuss’s staging of Midnight Express...

    2. December 30, 2012

      How do you top 2012?

      A fter the Olympic party of 2012, will 2013 be the year of the Olympic hangover? In the wake of four years of build-up, and...

    3. December 16, 2012

      Staff to own 10% of privatised Royal Mail

      The coalition is pressing ahead with plans for Royal Mail’s 150,000 staff to own at least 10 per cent of the business as it...

    4. June 14, 2011

      Backbone of the UK mail service

      From Mr Billy Hayes. Sir, Jonathan Guthrie made some alarming and misleading remarks in his musings over the future of Royal...

    5. Westminster Blog

      March 11, 2011

      Alan Johnson says union opposition to AV is "depressing"

      I revealed in yesterday’s FT that five unions* have lined up against AV with only one union figure – Billy Hayes of the CWU...

    6. March 9, 2011

      Unions campaign against vote reform

      At least five trade unions are to send out anti-alternative vote leaflets to their members as they form an unlikely alliance...

    7. December 27, 2010

      Postal union to fight Royal Mail sell-off

      The postal workers’ leader has refused to rule out ind­ustrial action to stop Royal Mail privatisation, saying his union’s...

    8. Westminster Blog

      December 19, 2010

      David Cameron meeting union leaders in Downing Street on Monday

      I revealed back in August that David Cameron wanted to invite Britain’s union leaders for a meeting, a surprising overture...

    9. September 22, 2010

      Royal Mail employees to be offered shares

      At least 10 per cent of Royal Mail shares will be reserved for employees when the postal operator is privatised, Vince Cable...

    10. Westminster Blog

      July 15, 2010

      Newsflash: Ed Balls gets CWU backing

      I can’t claim this one is a scoop: press release just in from the Communication Workers Union. Relief in the Balls camp no...

    11. May 25, 2010

      Strike threat over Royal Mail plans

      The Communication Workers' Union yesterday threatened industrial action over the part-privatisation of Royal Mail as its...

    12. May 22, 2010

      Con-Libs yet to agree on Royal Mail sale details

      Plans to part-privatise Royal Mail will be included in the Queen's Speech on Tuesday, despite ministers having yet to agree...

    13. May 21, 2010

      Con-Libs yet to agree Royal Mail sale details

      Plans to part-privatise Royal Mail will be included in the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday, despite ministers having yet to agree...

    14. May 21, 2010

      Royal Mail profits increase 26%

      Royal Mail increased its operating profit by 26 per cent in the past financial year but still faced "huge challenges", it...

    15. May 20, 2010

      Royal Mail eyes capital boost as profits rise

      Royal Mail increased its operating profit by 26 per cent in the past financial year, it announced on Thursday, as the...

    16. March 30, 2010

      Awkward squad turns awkward

      They became known as the "awkward squad" - a new generation of leftwing union leaders elected between 2000 and 2003 to the...

    17. March 29, 2010

      Awkward squad turns awkward

      They became known as the “awkward squad” – a new generation of leftwing union leaders elected between 2000 and 2003 to the...

    18. November 28, 2009

      Postal workers could strike again in weeks

      LONDON, November 28 - British postal workers could renege on an agreement to suspend strike action until after Christmas...

    19. October 30, 2009

      Royal Mail peace talks resume

      Royal Mail peace talks got under way again last night in spite of union leaders' threats of longer strikes. The...

    20. October 30, 2009

      Move to revive Royal Mail talks

      Efforts were under way last night to get Royal Mail peace talks back on track as union leaders threatened longer strikes....

    21. October 29, 2009

      Postal union threatens to escalate dispute

      The postal workers’ union warned of longer strikes on Thursday as three days of national walk-outs began. The industrial...

    22. October 26, 2009

      Mail dispute descends into bitter row

      The head of Royal Mail yesterday told union leaders to "shut up" and return to work, amid a bitter exchange of words on the...

    23. October 25, 2009

      Post chief lashes out ahead of peace talks

      The head of Royal Mail told union leaders on Sunday to “shut up” and return to work, amid a bitter exchange of words on the...

    24. October 24, 2009

      Mandelson adopts softer tone in search for unity

      Peter Mandelson appeared to adopt a more conciliatory tone on the postal strike yesterday, as the government sought to...

    25. October 23, 2009

      Mandelson softens mail strike tone

      Peter Mandelson appeared to adopt a more conciliatory tone on the postal strike on Friday, as the government sought to...

    26. October 21, 2009

      Postal union's leader hits out at Mandelson

      Lord Mandelson came under intense fire from the main postal union last night, after the business secretary attacked strikes...

    27. October 20, 2009

      Post union leader hits out at Mandelson

      Lord Mandelson came under intense fire from the main postal union on Wednesday night, after the business secretary attacked...

    28. October 19, 2009

      Hiring temps will 'inflame' row, says union

      Royal Mail will only "inflame" the bitter industrial dispute with its workforce by employing 30,000 temporary staff, union...

    29. October 18, 2009

      Hiring temps will ‘inflame’ row, says union

      Royal Mail will only “inflame” the bitter industrial dispute with its workforce by employing 30,000 temporary staff, union...

    30. October 17, 2009

      Union leader says public support will ensure conciliation

      Even ahead of a national strike at Royal Mail, Billy Hayes has not lost his sense of irony. Asked why postal workers have...

    31. October 17, 2009

      Union leader says public support will ensure conciliation

      Even before a national strike at Royal Mail, Billy Hayes has not lost his sense of irony. Asked why postal workers have...

    32. October 16, 2009

      Public support ‘will ensure conciliation’

      Even ahead of a national strike at Royal Mail, Billy Hayes has not lost his sense of irony. Asked why postal workers have...

    33. August 18, 2009

      Postal union told to wake up over walkouts

      Lord Mandelson called on the postal union on Tuesday to “wake up” and halt the decline of Royal Mail after union leaders...

    34. June 9, 2009

      CWU warning

      The Communication Workers Union warned yesterday it would ballot members on disaffiliating from Labour by the next general...

    35. June 9, 2009

      CWU warns Labour on Royal Mail sell-off plan

      The Communication Workers Union warned on Monday that it would ballot members on disaffiliating from Labour by the next...

    36. December 16, 2008

      Ministers to clear way for Royal Mail part-privatisation

      The government will today pave the way for part-privatisation of Royal Mail, as it publishes a report warning of the...

    37. May 24, 2008

      Mail bosses defend 'obscene' bonus payouts

      Royal Mail has defended payments to top executives after the annual report revealed that Adam Crozier, chief executive,...

    38. May 23, 2008

      Mail bosses defend ‘obscene’ bonus payouts

      Royal Mail has defended payments to top executives after the annual report revealed that Adam Crozier, chief executive,...

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