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Action continues against post workers 'doing job properly'

Issue No. 2076

Postal workers in many parts of the country are still 'doing the job properly'. This means they start at agreed times, take their allotted breaks, do not use their private cars on deliveries and stick to the agreed bag weights.

One consequence of this action is that post workers often return to their offices at the end of their shift with undelivered mail.

Royal Mail bosses have responded to those who have decided to do their job as per their contract and agreed working practices by taking workers off pay.

Bob Gibson, the CWU's assistant secretary outdoor, told Socialist Worker, 'We've got disciplinary measures being taken against our members in Swansea, Peterborough, south west London and Watford.

'There appears to be a concerted attempt by people at the top of Royal Mail to try to intimidate our members. We have responded by taking the issue to the high court and to a series of industrial tribunals.

'The bosses know that our campaign restores the proper methods of working and completely undermines all their attempts to force greater flexibility and efficiency.

'It is becoming increasingly clear that Royal Mail is depending on people to work in ways that their contract does not require them to do in order to get the mail out.

'That means this issue is going to continue, regardless of what happens in the national ballot.

'In some areas there is a likelihood of renewed industrial action over the issue.'

Ballot over victimisations

Postal workers in Burslem, Staffordshire, are this week preparing to launch a ballot for strike action against a long running campaign of victimisation against union activists at the office.

Lee Barron, the CWU's Midlands regional secretary, told Socialist Worker, 'We are fighting a bullying management who have attempted to break the union by suspending 10 percent of the workforce.

'They are particularly targeting our reps. We are not going to let them get away with this. Our response will be robust – we are not talking about one day strikes at this point. We are talking about taking several days action at a time.'

Please send messages of support and donations to Lee Barron, Midlands region CWU, 47 Summer Lane, Birmingham B19

Demonstration for post offices

The CWU union was to demonstrate in central London on Wednesday of this week against the plans to sell-off Crown post offices to retailers like WH Smiths.

The demonstration was set for 12 noon, Wednesday 7 November, at Trafalgar Square crown post office (nearest tube Charing Cross).

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