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Shut down this scab Royal Mail sorting office

Issue No. 2073

The scab office (Pic:» Guy Smallman )

The scab office (Pic: » Guy Smallman)

Royal Mail has set up a sorting office in Southgate, north London, which is entirely staffed by non-union scab labour and managers.

Its purpose is to sort mail that is not being handled because of strikes. Royal Mail would also be able to punish an office for going on strike by shifting their work to it.

Union activists have resolved not to handle any work going to or coming from the office, which is based on the Brunswick business park, off Waterfall Road, London N11.

Bosses in Liverpool attempted to use students as strikebreakers during last week’s strike. More than 300 students were bussed through picket lines at the Copperas Hill mail centre.

The students were recruited by the Workbank agency, which has partnership arrangements with Liverpool John Moores University, De Montfort University (Leicester), University of Leicester, University of East London, and Staffordshire University (Stoke on Trent).

“Students should campaign against this agency being allowed to recruit strikebreakers on campuses,” says Rob Owen, of the National Union of Students national executive, speaking in a personal capacity.

“Students and low paid workers are natural allies. We cannot allow these firms to drive a wedge between us.”

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Tue 16 Oct 2007, 18:12 BST
Issue No. 2073
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