Socialist Worker

Special delivery! Solidarity for striking post workers

by Chris Bambery
Issue No. 2175

Trade unionists present their cheques and collections to striking postal workers on the picket line in Islington, north London, last week  (Pic: Charlie Kimber)

Trade unionists present their cheques and collections to striking postal workers on the picket line in Islington, north London, last week  (Pic: Charlie Kimber)


Trade unionists, students and others are rushing to build support for post workers across the country.

Postal workers and their supporters will greet football fans at this Saturday’s Cambridge United vs Kidderminster match to leaflet about the strike and collect for the hardship fund.

Activists in the area have already collected hundreds of pounds for the strikers.

“We decided that the priority was to get postal workers out to meet the public,” said Tom Woodcock, secretary of Cambridge Trades Council.

“So we contacted the club and we will get a full page in the match programme. The collection will be inside and there will be a tannoy announcement too.

Unite reps at Metroline bus garages in north London voted last week to donate £400 from their strike fund to the post workers.

Donation

Paul Brandon, the Unite rep at Holloway bus garage, told Socialist Worker, “We are making the donation because we recognise the hardship that will be suffered during the strike and that the cause the postal workers are fighting for is a just one.

“Bus workers, like post workers, are part of the working class movement and it is essential during these times that we protect our much-cherished public services.”

Joe helped organise solidarity in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. “We’ve been to the picket lines and have organised a support meeting involving local CWU reps, UCU and NUT union members and other activists.

“As a former striking miner I know how important support groups were to us, especially the twining between individual pits and local support groups and workplaces. That’s something we’ll be encouraging.”

“We collected £334 on Saturday on street collections and outside the Hearts vs Falkirk football match,” said Pat, who helped to initiate a strike support group in Edinburgh.

Labour MP Michael Connarty, who tabled an early day motion calling for the strike to be settled, will speak in Edinburgh in support of the postal strikers this Thursday.

Janice Godrich, president of the PCS union, and Joe Malone from the CWU national executive will join him.

At Strathclyde university in Glasgow a student, who is also a part-time postal worker, will tour lectures, bars and canteens this week to explain why students should support the strike.

Jim, one of those organising the Waltham Forest support group in North East London, is helping raise money for the strike. “Just four of us collected £54 in an hour outside Walthamstow tube,” he reports.


Who’s out and what to do

The CWU has called three further days of strike action.

Thursday 29 October: All mail centres and networks.

Friday 30 October: Data entry centres in Plymouth, Stoke and Newport.

Saturday 31 October: All delivery offices.

Take a delegation and banners to the picket lines. There will be picket lines from 6am all day on Thursday and Friday.

The best time to visit picket lines on Saturday is between 6am and 8am.

Do a collection. Take it to your local picket line or send it to the national hardship fund: c/o Tony Kearns, senior deputy general secretary, CWU, 150 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1RX.

Cheques payable to Postal Workers Support Fund or by transfer to Unity Trust Bank

account number 20194129

Sort code 08 60 01.

Get involved with your local support group.


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