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Massive vote to strike by London post workers

by Yuri Prasad
Issue No. 2154

Postal workers in London have voted by 91 percent in favour of strike action as part of a fight to defend their jobs, their union, and the publicly-owned postal services they provide.

The CWU union balloted 159 units and won a resounding “yes” in 154.

CWU divisional rep Mark Palfrey explained to Socialist Worker, “First, the union has gone out and fought for every vote in every one of our workplaces.

“Second, our members are angry and are not going to stand by and watch management ride roughshod over their union.

“Every time management cuts hours in an office, our people get bullied to work harder.

“Privatisation forms the critical backdrop to this dispute. Royal Mail management is trying to slash costs and drive up productivity. This is backed all the way by government ministers who want to privatise the post.”

Mark hopes that postal workers in London will soon be joined by others across Britain.

“There is a rash of disputes across Britain, from Scotland down to the south west of England.

“That’s why we are putting an emergency motion to next week’s CWU conference calling for a ballot for action across Britain.

“We need a national agreement to cover ‘cost savings’ and we have to prevent management from calling the shots. There is nothing stronger than our members when they are fighting together with determined leadership.”

Angie Mulcahy, the CWU’s area processing rep for east London, agrees. “The size of our vote for strike action in my branch shows just how pissed off postal workers are,” she said.

“People were already angry with the way this so-called Labour government wants to part-privatise us, but the MPs expenses scandal really fed the mood. The scale of the vote shows how determined we are to stop them.”

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Tue 2 Jun 2009, 18:21 BST
Issue No. 2154
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