When it came to preparing for this week’s three-day strike by postal workers in London, aggressive Royal Mail managers “did our job for us,” says Micky Rowell, secretary of the CWU’s east London branch.
“They are behaving so obnoxiously that they are pushing people to take action. There are so many threats of redundancies and attacks on the union that the mood for strikes is incredibly solid.
“In addition to preparing for this week’s action, our Bethnal Green delivery office decided to strike on Friday of last week too. That tells you something about how people feel.”
With three major offices that were prevented from joining last month’s strike – Mount Pleasant, Nine Elms and Rathbone Place – all getting ready to join this week’s action, everyone expects the strike to have a massive impact on the capital.
Many senior union activists believe that the battle has become so critical that attempts to undermine their action must be met with a determined response. It is vital that postal workers outside London show solidarity by refusing to handle any work from the capital.
Robust picket lines should also be used to stop scabbing managers from driving lorries full of mail in and out of striking offices.
Pickets should argue that drivers from offices that are not on strike do not cross their lines. Any disciplinary action against drivers who refuse to cross should be met with immediate walkouts.
- Wednesday 8 July – at delivery offices in London from 6am.
- Thursday 9 July – regional distribution centres and network distribution drivers, picket lines from 6am. The main offices are in Stonebridge Park, west London, and Thurrock, in Essex.
There are smaller offices at the Nine Elms mail centre in south London and the Greenford mail centre in west London.
- Friday 10 July – mail centres at Nine Elms, Bow Locks and Mount Pleasant will have picket lines from 6am.