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Unofficial post strikes show feeling for a fight, Wednesday 1 August

Walkouts in Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen

Issue No. 2062

A series of unofficial walkouts have demonstrated the feeling to hit back at management in the post.

Today hundreds of postal workers in Liverpool's Copperas Hill mail centre stopped work. During the (official) work by Royal Mail network drivers, management at Warrington had driven a truck to Liverpool. Workers at Coperas Hill refused to unload this scab mail, and were taken off pay.

In response workers either walked out, or sat-in at the office. The action is continuing.

Meanwhile strikes in Scotland have been maintained. Today Glasgow's St Rollox mail centre at Springburn remained hit by an unofficial strike, and several delivery offices were shut – including the main Baird Street (G1-4) office.

The Wishaw distribution centre also remains on strike.

Today the strike spread to Edinburgh, where about 200 workers have struck at the Sighthill office.

They were angry that four workers had been suspended for refusing to handle mail transferred from the strike-affected St Rollox sorting office.

Graham Steedman, CWU area processing rep said, 'I've asked members to go back in because this strike is unofficial, and they have basically told me where to go

'The members will not go back until the four workers are back on pay and not forced to deal with the scab mail.

'We've told management to put it to one side until a resolution is found in Wishaw and Glasgow, but they refused.'

Willie Marshall of Scotland No 2 branch of the CWU said, 'Our workers were asked to sort scab mail, and they refused so they were suspended,' he said.

'We want those who were sent home to be brought back and start getting paid again and unless that happens the strike will continue.'

Later in the day a group of workers at the Aberdeen mail centre also walked out.

Tens of thousands of delivery workers across Britain will strike officially tomorrow (Thursday). And the union's postal executive has called a further two weeks of strikes after the present round has finished (full details tomorrow).

The pressure needs to be stepped up on Royal Mail by all means available. But pushing for action alongside other unions is central to forcing the government and the bosses to back off.

Add your name to the open letter calling for solidarity and united action.


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