The disciplinary action taken against CWU union activists in Exeter must be made a national issue among postal workers.
One worker has been sacked and two others given suspended dismissals and compulsorily transferred to other offices.
This follows a strike last year that successfully defended a union rep.
It is not just the fate of the individuals at stake – crucial though that is – it is also the strength of the union itself that is being confronted.
There are moves towards a strike ballot in Exeter, but those workers need to feel the support of the whole union around them.
The CWU has a good tradition of defending activists after disputes. It would be a big backward step if this were not continued.
Every CWU branch should support Exeter and ensure that there is support from every level to halt any sackings.
Messages of support to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 01392 448 225, phone 01392 448 225