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Postal strikes break out in Derbyshire, Luton and Somerset

Issue No. 2055

Heanor postal workers striking last month against closures (Pic: Derbyshire CWU)

Heanor postal workers striking last month against closures (Pic: Derbyshire CWU)

Postal workers in Heanor, Derbyshire, are to strike for seven days from next Monday, 18 June.

The strike is about the closure of one office and the forcible transfer of staff – but behind it is a bigger issue over Royal Mail's industrial strategy.

Mick Kavanagh, Midlands divisional rep and a new member of the CWU union executive, told Socialist Worker, 'In January our members picked up rumours that the office was to be closed. Royal Mail denied this.

'Then, soon after this denial, the manager announced that the office was to close and that staff would be transferred to Ilkeston. There were no talks and no consultation.

'We immediately began a campaign in Heanor which won really wide backing from all sections of the community, including the mayor. Over 2,500 people have signed petitions against the closure.

'Royal Mail said they would talk about the details of the transfer, but not about the closure itself. They then put a 'for sale' sign on the building.

'Our members held a strike ballot that was overwhelmingly for action.

'It is very important that we have taken this stand because if we just let it pass then it will encourage Royal Mail to shut other offices and make money by selling the sites.'

Send messages of support to Simon Walker, branch secretary of Derbyshire CWU, Union Room, Floor 1M, Royal Mail, Midland Road, Derby DE1 1AA, fax 01332 627 321 or send an email to – cheques should sent to the same address and made payable to 'CWU Derbyshire Amal'

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