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Anger in Unite at union members who scab on post strike

Issue No. 2173

Anger continues to grow inside the Unite union at the role of Royal Mail managers in attempting to break the post strikes.

Many of the managers volunteering to cross the picket lines and deliver mail are members of the Communication Managers Association (CMA), which is part of Unite.

Activists in Unite have produced a strongly worded motion that backs the postal workers’ strike and calls on Unite’s national executive to expel CMA members who are scabbing.

A senior Unite rep told Socialist Worker, “The motion has been circulated throughout the United Left group in the union and has raised a debate.

“People were horrified to discover that there are union members volunteering to scab on a dispute and that the Unite leadership seems to be doing nothing about it.

“Many believe that it should not be tolerated. The National Shop Stewards Network sent the motion out to its supporters.

“The United Left has said that it is prepared to back a statement in support of the postal workers, which also condemns the scabbing.

“After postal workers protested over the behaviour of CMA-Unite members at the union’s headquarters, Unite leaders told officials from the CWU postal workers' union that they were very concerned about this and would investigate.

“The motion will help them turn their words into action.

“Unite activists are also urging members to show practical solidarity by organising collections in our workplaces and then taking the money to picket lines.

“This will show that rank and file members are backing the postal workers—not the scabs.”

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