Dave Ward has decided to stand down as the CWU union’s representative on the Labour Party national executive committee (NEC) because he believes it conflicts with the best interests of union members.
The move is another sign of the intense debates taking place about what sort of political organisation working people need.
Ward says, “The national executive is no longer the forum for changing or influencing government policy.
“I personally feel there is a growing conflict of interests between my role in representing and defending the views of CWU members and continuing to spend time on the Labour Party NEC.
“I believe the union’s relationship with government is at a crucial stage.
“Whilst I recognise the benefits of our affiliation to the Labour Party, it is now essential we devote our energies to directly challenging government policy on competition and their recent commercial agreement with Royal Mail.”
The battle over postal workers’ pay is leading to bitter recriminations against Labour inside the CWU union.
At the conference in June delegates will hear calls to scale back further or suspend the money the union presently gives the party.
A statement from the union’s London region earlier this year said, “We do not only hold bosses Allan Leighton and Adam Crozier responsible for the poor management of Royal Mail Group.
“It is our view that the Labour government has masterminded the unnecessary imposition of competition, backdoor privatisation and the undermining of all postal services.”