Socialist Worker

Unofficial post strike sweeps across Scotland, Tuesday 31 July

Issue No. 2062

Hundreds of angry post workers walked out of their delivery offices in Glasgow unofficially as a protest against bullying management today.

A CWU member in Glasgow told Socialist Worker that the action was triggered when management took action against workers who had respected picket lines.

The walkout began on Monday night when drivers from the St Rollox mail centre in Springburn, Glasgow went to the post depot at Edinburgh airport. There they met pickets who were part of the official strike that was taking place across post workers based in the airport.

The Springburn drivers refused to cross the picket line. Managers first demanded their van keys, and then suggested the drivers should give up their vehicles and get a minibus back to Glasgow!

The drivers refused and returned to Springburn without unloading their vans. On return to Glasgow, the drivers were told they would have their pay stopped.

The entire drivers’ section at St Rollox – some 35 people – were enraged by this news and walked out in solidarity with their mates.

The drivers then all walked through the mail centre, and were followed by the rest of mail centre staff.

This was around midnight on Monday, some three hours before mail centre shifts were supposed to start their own official strikes.

Managers, frustrated by the strike at the mail centres, then themselves took work out to Glasgow delivery offices. They instructed workers to unload the mail – but they refused. Bosses then threatened them with suspension. In response Baird Street (G1-4) walked out, and several other offices followed.

By 12 noon on Tuesday mail centres across Scotland were out on official strike, and, unofficially, so were many Glasgow area delivery offices as well.

From the picket line in Springburn, a CWU member reported, “We’ll not be going back until this is sorted. Our reports are that across Scotland there are 22 offices out and 16 still working. We owe it to those who have shown solidarity that we get a result and stand up for basic trade union principles.”

Coming after the big unofficial strike in Oxford, and flare-ups in Preston, Liverpool and elsewhere, the Scottish strikes show the mood to fight.

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