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Bitter dispute for South Yorkshire postal workers

Issue No. 2031

Postal workers at Manvers delivery office in South Yorkshire are involved in an increasingly bitter dispute with Royal Mail following the imposition by executive action of cuts to staffing levels within the office, which involves not only the ending of the night shift but the lengthening of attendances on some days and reducing others.

The official industrial action follows an overwhelming yes vote in a ballot. It has been taken in an exemplary manner by over 100 members on six separate days and workers will be striking again this weekend (Saturday) and on Monday.

The CWU union says, “Despite the efforts of managers who are being bussed in to act as scab labour, the morale of our members remain high. We are sure, however, that they would welcome the support of our organisation throughout the country and branches are therefore invited to make collections amongst members to make donations, to assist cases of hardship being experienced amongst our colleagues at Manvers.”

Trade unionists are asked to send messages of support and financial assistance to the South Yorkshire and District Amal branch of the CWU as soon as possible.

It is apparent from statements made by local management that they see this dispute being an important test on whether they can sustain executive action in the face of opposition from CWU members.

The branch details are as follows:

Graham Clough
Branch Secretary
South Yorkshire & District Branch
52 Bank Street
Sheffield S1 2DR
Phone 0114 272 8970

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