Socialist Worker

Middlesbrough postal workers unofficial walkout

by Yuri Prasad
Issue No. 2169

Pickets in Middlesbrough on Tuesday morning

Pickets in Middlesbrough on Tuesday morning


Postal workers at Middlesbrough sorting office walked out unofficially this morning after scores of managers from across the north of England descended on the office in an effort to break the union.

“About 130 delivery staff work at our office, but Royal Mail have drafted in around 150 managers,” a union rep told Socialist Worker.

“They’ve been brought here to punish us for taking official strike action. They say they are here to make sure we don’t get any overtime work as a result of our earlier strikes.”

Another union rep said, “We have machines that are normally operated by two or three people being surrounded by groups of up to 20 managers. They are constantly pushing to make people work harder.

“The atmosphere is terrible, but people are not putting up with it. Already a handful of processing workers have walked out, we are expecting the rest of the office, including the delivery workers, to go too.”

Union reps said anger at the office continued to grow when it became clear that Royal Mail were rewarding managers with a free breakfast at the company’s expense.

But by walking out Middlesbrough postal workers have shown they will not be pushed around – and are giving Royal Mail indigestion.


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