Well if the CWU believed there would be no compulsory redundancies they were pretty stupid.
Pretty stupid to believe Royal Mail management ? Pretty stupid not to realise that Royal Mail management are liars who don't stick to agreements ? Well I suppose you might have a point there stumpyjon.
After all, the CWU leadership has shown it itself to have been pretty stupid in it's tactics, believing that totally ineffectual regional and one or two day strikes would in anyway at all, bother RM management or their political masters in the government.
RM management and Peter Madelson know full well that these long drawn out tactics only serves to turn an ill-informed public against the union and haemorrhage customers to the private sector - which after all, is the goal of Peter Madelson and his overpaid cronies in RM management.
A national indefinite strike would have had a real effect and would have sent the Royal Mail wreckers running to the negotiating table within a couple of days. Sadly the CWU leadership is spineless and wants to take industrial action which has "minimal effect" on the public, and the New Labour government which they prop up.
And incidentally, the CWU leadership is still committed to supporting New Labour despite all the damage it has done to it's membership and it's attacks on the industry. Yes, "pretty stupid" sounds a fair description.
As for safeguarding jobs
Why the rolling eyes ?
What sort of pretty stupid person doesn't realise the importance of saving guarding jobs, specially in the depths of a global recession ? What sort of pretty stupid person doesn't realise the importance of having someone at work paying taxes rather than subsidising them to sit at home and watch daytime TV ? What sort of pretty stupid person doesn't realise that "modernisation" can mean improved services for customers such as the reintroduction of twice daily delivery ? What sort of pretty stupid person doesn't realise perhaps RM does not need increase it's profits when last year it had already doubled it profits and all four parts of the business is making a profit ?
Unless of course, the support even more profit for profit-hungry foreign privateers .....