Battle lines are drawn in the fight for Royal Mail—and it’s time to take sides.
In one corner sit the bullying Royal Mail bosses, the media, and the government. They want to smash the postal workers’ union, wreck services, and privatise the post.
In the other corner are postal workers and their union allies. They are fighting to defend jobs and working conditions, and to keep the post public.
Despite the daily barrage of hostile news stories it’s postal workers who are winning the battle for public support.
An opinion poll for the BBC last week showed that 50 percent of those asked sympathised with the union, while only 25 percent backed management.
Support for the strikers is concentrated among working class people, with 59 percent of those classified as “unskilled” backing the union, and only 16 percent siding with the bosses.
The sympathy demonstrated in the poll is important—but for postal workers to win it must be turned into solidarity.
Union leaders should be encouraging pickets, meetings and collections. They will only do this if put under pressure.
Everyone needs to throw themselves into supporting the strikes this week. Strikers must be inundated with solidarity.