Socialist Worker

Nine Elms walks out on unofficial strike, Wednesday 10 October

by Yuri Prasad
Issue No. 2072

Postal workers on unofficial strike action at the Nine Elms mail centre

Postal workers on unofficial strike action at the Nine Elms mail centre

Hundreds of postal workers at the Nine Elms mail centre in southwest London have today walked out in an unofficial dispute after their management told them that overtime at the office would cease.

Instead the backlog of mail from the recent 48-hour strike is to be processed by a private contractor based in north London.

“The workers had a meeting in the staff canteen this afternoon to discuss the matter and decided not to tolerate such a blatant attempt to punish them for daring to go on strike,” said Paul Cox, the CWU union’s area delivery rep.

“There were more than 200 workers from the day shift in the meeting, and they all walked out. Now they are now being joined by workers on the later shifts.”

Postal workers on the 80-strong picket lines told Socialist Worker that management at Nine Elms had created an atmosphere of tension in the office, but they will not be pushed around.

The strikers will decide tomorrow how to continue their action.

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