Socialist Worker

Unions must back posties

Issue No. 2174

Every trade unionist in Britain should throw their full weight behind the post dispute.

Trade union leaders should be pressured into using their organisational machinery to call on all their members to collect money and visit post picket lines.

And, at the grassroots level, every worker, student and pensioner can collect money for the post workers and invite a postal worker into their workplace, college, campaign group or union branch.

The lecturers’ UCU union branch at Tower Hamlets College—which recently won a stunning victory against cuts by taking all-out strike action—has twinned with the East London CWU postal branch.

This is an example other groups should follow.

Workers in job centres and recruitment agencies could also organise to refuse to help Royal Mail recruit 30,000 temporary workers to shift the strike backlog.

And everyone with a live industrial dispute should coordinate future strikes with post workers to step up the pressure on the bosses and the government.

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