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CWU said in a statement: "In setting this timetable we clearly believe that the business, in spite of their own media campaign, are not working within the spirit and intent of our national agreements, and are following their own agenda that will have long-term detrimental effects on our members' terms and conditions of employment, job security and the future of Royal Mail Group as a whole."
SNP minister HumzaYousaf slammed the donation and said:"We know the CWU are closely aligned to Richard Leonard, and now it transpires they've backed Hugh Gaffney to the tune of thousands.
CWU is a national volunteer-based Christian movement that works toward social justice and empowerment of women globally.
Postal workers know only too well that the only reason they enjoy "the best pay - and the best terms and conditions - in our industry" is because previously CWU members have had to fight to win them, by flexing their industrial muscles, and taking strike action when needed.
Royal Mail said it has written to the CWU invoking a "legally-binding" external mediation process.
A statement said: "Royal Mail requested CWU withdraw its notification of industrial action and commit to following the dispute resolution procedures.
Royal Mail said on Friday it was proposing a defined benefit cash balance scheme, which includes elements of the CWU proposal, without some of the "inherent risks" to the company it believes the union scheme would have created.
Dave Ward, CWU general secretary, said: "Staff in the Post Office face 2,000 job losses this year, the closure of their pension scheme and a strategy of slash and burn from the board of the company.
The CWU has called for a strike ballot in response to the latest cuts, which they claim is bringing "hundreds of job losses" and cutting services to communities.
The CWU is running a nationwide tour with a giant 20ft postcard next week to raise awareness.
The CWU said: "Postal workers are committed to delivering mail and working closely with Royal Mail to ensure that commercial contracts are fulfilled.
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