The appeal to trade unionists launched by Jane Loftus, president of the CWU postal workers’ union, and Sue Bond, vice president of the PCS civil service workers’ union, is winning wide support.
The statement calls for solidarity with postal workers in their dispute and joint action across the unions to win over public sector pay.
In its first few days over 170 trade unionists added their names to the appeal. Postal workers, who are leading the fight in defence of public services and against low pay, have been at the forefront of adding their names to the statement.
Mark Baulch and John Farnan of the CWU national executive, Mark Palfrey, London divisional rep, Alan Smith, the area distribution rep West London Amal, Barry Nelson, the chair of London postal and counters branch, and Dave Morrison, CWU rep N1 have all signed.
Bob Cullen, the area processing rep of South Central No 1 CWU, and Kevin Duffy, the area delivery rep of South Central No 1 CWU, are among a host of other CWU activists who have also added their names.
Many post workers signed the statement on their picket lines – official and unofficial – during their strike last week.
Fourteen postal workers at Team Valley in Gateshead, whose unofficial strike last week forced management back from victimising their rep, signed the statement. Six workers at Waterlooville delivery office in Hampshire also put their names to it during their strike.
A number of members of the PCS union have thrown their weight behind solidarity with the postal workers.
These include Lane Taylor, president of the revenue and customs branch at Euston Tower in London, Val Pearman of the British Library branch and Ian Barton, the branch secretary of Cambridge ETR.
Other PCS members who signed include Hamish Drummond, the branch secretary of revenue and customs in Dundee. PCS national executive members Andy Reid and Paul Williams have also signed.
A number of PCS and CWU members signed the statement at a 100-strong unions-organised rally over public sector pay in Manchester last week.
Workers from a number of other unions have signed, including the Unison local government and health union, the RMT and TSSA rail workers’ unions, Unite, the UCU higher and further education union, the NUT teachers’ union, and others.
The statement has received support from workers in other parts of the world, including the Nehawu union in South Africa, which recently led a successful public sector strike over low pay and in defence of services.
Their statement said, “We hope that you can draw strength from this important working class victory. We would like to extend our solidarity to the CWU and PCS unions and all their members out on strike or considering taking strike action.”
The success of the statement so far shows the level of support for united action among grassroots workers. Make sure you add your name to the appeal.
All those who signed the joint action statement did so in a personal capacity.