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Solidarity makes a real difference to post strikes

by Paul Turnbull, CWU Eastern No 4 area processing rep (pc)
Issue No. 2059

It makes a real difference when delegations of other trade unionists visit our picket lines. Please come this week and for future strikes.

On the last strike we had support from the PCS, NUT, Unison and Amicus—and from the local sixth form college. It was great to see young people coming to support workers in struggle.

This week we hoped to repeat those and also have a rally on the picket line with speakers from trade unions, the Labour Party, Respect, anti-war activists and others.

Another group I’d like to involve more is pensioners’ organisations. Older people are hit hard by the 2,500 post office closures that management want to push through, and I’m sure they will want to support our fightback.

We’re also setting up a postal workers’ support group through the trades council. I’d urge others to do that because we need the widest possible support now.

Royal Mail has said this dispute will be like the Miners’ Strike. Well, let’s make sure that this time our movement gets right behind the strikers and delivers a quick victory.

A wide range of trade union members are coming together in Bristol to support the postal strike.

The Bristol CWU union has announced a march and rally and supporters are doing their best to get a big turnout.

 Jaz Thomas is a firefighter from Avon and a Fire Brigades Union workplace rep who has been helping out in the Bristol CWU Support Group.

“We’re really pleased to be involved,” he said. “It’s been fantastic to be able to provide concrete solidarity to our comrades in the CWU, whether it’s helping to organise a demo or bringing food and drink to picket lines.”

The Bristol march is on Tuesday 31 July. Assemble Castle Green at 2pm.

Around 100 workers at Bristol NDO in Montpelier are to strike on Monday in a dispute over imposed changes to terms and conditions.

The CWU has called a lobby of parliament on Tuesday 24 July from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Committee Room 14, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, London SW1A.

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