POSTAL WORKERS at the giant Mount Pleasant office in central London are waiting to hear if their site is to lose 1,600 jobs. Royal Mail plans to shift most of Britain's international mail work to a new 'greenfield' site at Langley near Slough in Berkshire. That would mean huge job losses at Mount Pleasant - and at Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Reading and Dover. The key date is 15 November when the Royal Mail board meets.
There is a mood for action. Shopfloor meetings recently showed a massive majority for a strike ballot if the cuts plan goes ahead. The best response to the wrong decision on 15 November would be to walk out immediately and spread the action to other offices. If that does not happen, the strike ballot must begin straight away.
Hundreds of postal workers walked out on strike at the NDO sorting office in north London on Tuesday of this week. The walkout was over the sacking of a driver. Full story next week