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Speaking out about the reality of life working for Royal Mail

Issue No. 2050

Postal workers from across Britain have been contacting Socialist Worker about the attacks they are facing and the squeeze on pay.

Alan from South Yorkshire says, “It’s a really hard job in the post, and we deserve much better pay. I think we have to use every means at our disposal to win.

“The offices rely on us using our own cars to do deliveries, working overtime, and not taking proper breaks in order to hit the efficiency targets. We should stop all that, as well as striking.

“It would be good to start with a national one-day strike – if possible alongside other workers – and follow it up with non-cooperation in the offices.

“That means no cars, no starts before your official time, take your proper breaks, stick to the bag weights and so on.

“Let’s screw them over as they’re trying to screw us.”

Dave from south east London says, “Management aren’t waiting to impose job cuts.

“The Abbey Wood office is in dispute over job cuts and changes to hours without agreement with the union.

“There is the potential for disputes to flare up at any time over these questions.”

Mark from Brighton says, “I’m a worker on the counter in a high street post office. We’re on the list to be transferred to WH Smith.

“And at the same time we’re getting a pay freeze and removal of our Saturday premium!

“For my grade it means that over three years I’m set to lose around £6,200. We are in official dispute over this, and we could, and should, be striking alongside our Royal Mail colleagues. It would tell the public something if we shut all the post offices and had other workers striking.”

Countdown to strike

  • CWU union serves notice of strike vote:
    Tuesday 15 May
  • Ballot papers sent out:
    Tuesday 22 May
  • Result will be declared:
    Thursday 7 June (during CWU conference)
  • Action could legally begin from:
    Friday 15 June

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Tue 8 May 2007, 18:20 BST
Issue No. 2050
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