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Post workers strike in Stoke

Issue No. 2031

Hundreds of postal workers in the Stoke area struck last Saturday in a dispute about full time posts being turned to part time.

More than 900 workers were involved in the official action which affected services at 11 delivery offices – Biddulph, Burslem, Cheadle, Kidsgrove, Leek, Longton, Stoke, Stafford, Stockton Brook, Uttoxeter and Werrington.

Malcolm Brundrett, the CWU union area representative, said, “Royal Mail is planning to reduce vacancies to part time to make efficiency savings.

“This is a local situation, but it’s part of Royal Mail’s national policy. Although there are no exact figures about the number of vacancies affected we are striking as we believe they have not consulted with the unions fully, as they are obliged to do.

“They want to make the changes, then talk about them later. We can’t rule out further strikes if nothing changes.”

Action is planned in other areas. Strikes were planned before Christmas at Greenford (west London) and Nottingham, and ballots at many others. The CWU union is under pressure to discuss national action against Royal Mail’s attacks.

One issue is the effect of the implementation of the working time directive on drivers’ earnings.

Quite rightly the union is demanding a substantial increase in basic pay to make up for the loss of earnings from restricted hours.

If management do not come up with a decent rise, they could face a national strike.

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