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Postal strike: pickets and solidarity greet Gordon Brown

Issue No. 2057

Respect London Mayoral candidate Lindsey German visits the CWU picket line at Upper Street in Islington, north London

Respect London Mayoral candidate Lindsey German visits the CWU picket line at Upper Street in Islington, north London


The post strike brought total closure to Royal Mail today with only a few handfuls in total crossing picket lines across Britain.

It was a hugely defiant and united response to the attempt to cut workers’ wages, impose harsh new conditions and destroy the present postal service.

It is a brilliant spearhead for the movement we need to break Gordon Brown’s pay limit and defend the post service.

There was lively picketing in many areas with 20 to 30 at many offices, and more at some. It was noticeable that at many of the smaller delivery offices there was a good turnout on the picket line.

At every picket line there was enthusiastic backing for the idea of coordinated action against the attacks across the public sector, and the arrival of delegations of civil servants, teachers and others at the picket lines deepened that feeling.

There was also a clear readiness to hold further action, and to push back the attacks from Allan Leighton, Adam Crozier and New Labour.

PCS members from Herts PCS Branch and Watford Trades Council delegates join pickets at Watford Sorting Office

PCS members from Herts PCS Branch and Watford Trades Council delegates join pickets at Watford Sorting Office


Picket line at Team Valley welcomes victimised Unison member Yunus Bakhsh (right) (Pic: Ray Smith)

Picket line at Team Valley welcomes victimised Unison member Yunus Bakhsh (right) (Pic: Ray Smith)



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