Royal Mail’s challenge to some of the London strike ballots means that three big offices – Nine Elms, Mount Pleasant and Rathbone Place – will not be on strike this week.
It is outrageous that employers are able to use small discrepancies in union membership records to kick overwhelming votes for industrial action into touch.
The CWU union is organising reballots. But the trade union movement must not allow bosses to get away with it.
Paul Cox, the CWU’s area processing rep at the Nine Elms mail centre, told Socialist Worker that he was bitterly disappointed at not being able to join the action on Friday, despite workers there voting for action.
Nevertheless he was “absolutely confident” that a new ballot would be won.
“I’ve just come out of a meeting at the mail centre where I explained the situation,” he told Socialist Worker.
“People were pissed off that they won’t be on strike with the rest of London. They were also angry that there are so many anti-union laws designed to restrict us.
“At Nine Elms we’re facing exactly the same type of ‘executive action’ measures as elsewhere in London and people here really want to hit back.
“I think Royal Mail’s legal plans will backfire. I’m convinced we’ll get an even bigger yes vote for strike action now.”