Hundreds of post workers at Stockport mail centre went on unofficial strike on Friday of last week to demand the reinstatement of a sacked colleague. They returned to work on Tuesday after agreeing to a ballot for an official strike.
Workers first held a sit-in at the staff canteen and then walked out after management refused to provide assurances over the future of a driver who had been sacked.
The driver was summarily dismissed after a Royal Mail employee who had worked during the recent dispute made allegations against him.
Carl Webb, the CWU union’s north west regional secretary, told Socialist Worker that the mood at the mail centre was both solid and determined.
He said, “There were more than 100 members at a mass meeting on Monday morning. It was reported that management were making no concessions to the demand for the reinstatement of the driver.
“Nor was there any response to the demand for the person who made the complaint to be moved out of the mail centre. And management did not reply to the request for a joint problem solving group to investigate the issue.
“That news made our members even more resolute. Everyone feels that if one person’s word is enough to get you sacked, then no one is safe.
“People only take unofficial action when they feel so angry and upset that they see no other way of getting justice. It tells you something when a lot of low paid workers are prepared to lose a large amount of money in order to stand up for a principle.”
Workers at the mail centre are now campaigning to win the official battle.
The victimisation at Stockport is one incident among many taking place across Royal Mail in the wake of the recent strikes.
In many cases management have been using disciplinary procedures as a means of harassing union activists.
Workers at Oxford mail centre and Leicester north delivery office are still awaiting the outcome of disciplinary action against their reps. In both cases it is clear that management have no case.
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