Socialist Worker

Is Stoke strike being ‘sold out’?

Issue No. 2167

Mail centre workers in Stoke-on-Trent have voted to suspend their indefinite strike after national leaders of their CWU union strongly recommended that they return to work.

Delivery workers based in the same building also voted to end their unofficial action.

Many strikers are angry that union leaders issued “legal advice” that backed management claims that workers who did not accept transfer to Wolverhampton

will have made themselves redundant.

A CWU member in Stoke told Socialist Worker that strikers had returned to work with only a “verbal agreement” from management that it would stick to national agreements about the relocation of staff.

He went on to say that three members of the union’s postal executive had come to Stoke, and each had offered contradictory advice about whether to continue the dispute.

The CWU member said that despite feeling let down, strikers in Stoke remain defiant and are looking forward to being part of the national dispute.

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