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Issue No. 1676

THE REVIVAL of strikes in the Post Office continues. Management bullying and the arrangements for Xmas working are sparking fury.

A recent walkout by delivery workers in Bramhall, Stockport, in protest at a manager's attitude and behaviour succeeded in getting the manager moved.

Hundreds of workers walked out over Xmas arrangements at the West of England mail centre in Bristol last week, halting the night and the morning shifts.

In Rochdale and Heywood, Lancashire, workers walked out this week over Xmas arrangements.

But the leadership of the postal workers' CWU union is not building on the new mood of resistance. Instead they seem ready to accept new management proposals which would hamper the right to strike. A method of resolving disputes around a recently introduced bonus scheme would outlaw strike ballots. If a dispute goes through all the stages it would be considered by teams from the union and the management, presided over by an 'independent' figure. In return the union would agree not to hold a ballot. Branches should respond to this outrage by telling the CWU there must be no restrictions on the right to strike.

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Sat 11 Dec 1999, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1676
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