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PCS workers support CWU Heanor strike

Issue No. 2056

Together on the picket line (Pic: Jim Grundy)

Together on the picket line (Pic: Jim Grundy)

Striking postal workers in Heanor, Derbyshire, were joined by workers from the PCS civil service workers’ union on Tuesday of this week.

The CWU union members are striking for seven days against the closure of their office and the transfer of staff.

Paul Williams, from the PCS national executive and a Nottingham civil service worker, said, “Four PCS members went from Nottingham as we are facing the same attacks over pay and office closures as postal workers.

“We were welcomed by the strikers and we talked about how it would be good if the unions struck on the same day over pay.”

Some 120 CWU members at Bridgwater delivery office struck for four days last week to prevent five full time jobs regressing to part time.

The 50-strong picket line was the best ever. For many local post workers at the front of the picket it was their first ever strike.

The only scab was Bruce Cowd, former Somerset BNP activist, who has been expelled from the CWU.

The feeling on the picket line is to carry on striking until most or all the full time jobs are restored.

Bridgwater postal worker

The recent successful strike over the sacking of a worker is not the end of our dispute. We will be keeping the campaign going and are scheduling further action for the days of the national strike, so we keep the ballot live. We are standing shoulder to shoulder with a victimised colleague.

There is very strong support in the office for this campaign for justice.

Luton postal worker

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