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Action hits Royal Mail bosses

Issue No. 2164

Postal workers across Britain have taken strike action over the past week in response to a wave of management attacks on working conditions and on their CWU union.

Post workers struck in many cities including London, Birmingham, Essex, Coventry, Bristol, Peterborough and Crick in Northamptonshire.

In Woolwich, south east London, the strike was 100 percent solid. Workers from the Unison and UCU unions joined the picket line.

Union rep Neil Morgan said, “We are looking forward to a national strike.

“The bosses are setting us up to fail but they do not realise that without us they won’t have jobs either.”

Over 100 CWU members struck at Rochdale delivery office in Lancashire on Wednesday of last week against the imposition of changes to terms and conditions.

Management have imposed a new system that means postal workers have to walk for up to four hours at an average walking speed of four miles per hour with no break.

Bosses also want to impose a raft of other changes, including changes to start and finish times and holiday agreements. They are expecting staff to cover work in other offices.

Over 90 strikers turned out for a strike meeting outside the office.

There was applause for the announcement that there would be a national ballot, with some asking why it had not come sooner.

Meanwhile workers at sorting and delivery offices in King’s Lynn, in Norfolk, struck on Monday of last week as part of their first local action for 20 years in a dispute over increases in duties. 

Area delivery rep Adam Oakes said, “We are not prepared to be bullied and intimidated into accepting duty alterations that will not work.”

Others on the picket line agreed, saying, “The management has got worse in the last two years”, “They don’t listen” and “They’ve just pushed us too far”.

Of the 106 workers employed at the office only two went in. But there was frustration about the union instruction that non-striking CWU members from other sites should cross the picket line. The workers said they were looking forward to taking united national action.

Postal workers in London and Bristol are set to take further strike action this week.

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