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Diary of a postal striker in the north: ‘A brilliant vote’

Issue No. 2173

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The feeling around our office when news of the massive yes vote for national strikes came through can only be compared to the feeling we all had when Margaret Thatcher got kicked out of office in 1990.

Winning the vote was not a surprise to us – but it shocked the managers, who thought we’d lost the guts to fight them and their vicious attacks.

We voted by 76 percent to protect jobs and improve working conditions, 76 percent to protect our pensions, and 76 percent to defend our union against a fascist-style management who want to run the company into the ground.

In my decades here I’ve never known the workforce so united in its demand for respect and dignity.

For years management have looked on us as some disposable commodity and lied to us whenever it suited them. Now they are lying to the public that the company is supposed to serve.

You can see this in the way they try and pretend that the local strikes have not created a backlog of mail.

If they are so confident that their scabbing operations are working, why do they threaten us for speaking out about the mountains of mail in our offices or if we send pictures to the media to prove it?

Despite the threats of disciplinary action, our people are continuing to tell the truth about what is happening here.

If Gordon Brown and post boss Adam Crozier are allowed to get their way, these will be the last days of our right to protest.

But there are three flies in their ointment – our union, our strength and our massive vote for a fight.


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