We have been looking forward to this week’s strike. That’s not because we like losing money, but because we know that unless we hit back the management will walk all over us.
They are determined to crush the union as a way of clearing all obstacles to pay cuts, mass job losses and further privatisation.
That’s why we have to fight – and fight hard.
Many postal workers are calling for an escalation of the strikes to increase the pressure on Royal Mail bosses.
Some want strikes two days in a row, others want different combinations.
With Royal Mail standing firm it’s certainly right to step up the strikes.
But extra action by postal workers can only be part of the answer. There also needs to be a massive push for strikes by other trade unionists.
Disputes over essentially the same issue as the post strike are growing in the NHS and local government (see » Health unions get ready to fight over paltry pay).
But the most obvious contender to strike with us is the PCS civil service workers’ union. Let’s get together with them at every level and discuss how to fight together.
Our union needs to set out a clear programme of action, with dates well in advance, so others can join us.
The Post Worker rank and file paper has produced a petition that calls for this approach. Go to » www.postworker.org.uk or ring 07871 927 008 to get it.
There is another looming issue. Royal Mail managers have announced in many areas that they are going to change delivery times in August. That’s not long to go and it will pose a stark choice.
When they change start times for tens of thousands of workers without agreement, what are we going to do? We cannot allow managers to get away with such a fundamental assault without a very serious response, nor can we meekly agree to new conditions.
We need to be building networks that can cope with whatever situation emerges.
Protest outside Royal Mail headquarters on strike day – Friday 13 July, 11.30am until 1pm, 148 Old Street, London EC1. Called by London CWU.