More action will be needed – and it would be best if it were coordinated with other unions.
That requires a conscious effort by CWU leaders to meet with, cooperate with and plan with others.
Every CWU member should sign the Post Worker petition that calls for such a strategy.
And activists in other unions should be pressing their leaders to support the postal workers in every way and to call their own strikes at the same time as the CWU and the PCS.
The executive of the postal workers’ union was meeting this week to consider fresh strikes.
It will need to keep the momentum going by calling for more strikes.
Many activists want those to be on a Friday and a Monday to extend the pain for big business and the ten firms that collectively account for 20 percent of mail traffic.
The issues involved in the strike are very important:
- Pay: Postal workers face a 2 percent pay cut, having been offered 2.5 percent at a time when inflation is around 4.5 percent.
If the CWU wins then it will have implications for millions of other workers facing pay limits.
- Conditions: Bosses want to ram though harsh new conditions including five workers doing the work of six during periods of the year, and up to 40,000 job losses.
This is Brown’s vision for the entire public sector. In October the government will reveal the Comprehensive Spending Review that outlines public spending for the next three years.
It will show big cuts – unless struggles like that by the postal workers win.
- Closures and privatisation: These are issues from post offices to hospitals to schools.
A victory in the post would set back the neoliberal assault on services.
For the Post Worker petition go to » www.postworker.org.uk