Socialist Worker

Last week’s solid strikes showed workers’ strength

by Socialist Worker reporters across Britain
Issue No. 2176

Around 120,000 postal workers took strike action last week and CWU union activists across Britain told Socialist Worker that their action remained absolutely solid.

Workers in mail centres and the company’s network joined picket lines on Thursday.

Friday saw action by staff who process misaddressed mail. Delivery and collection workers walked out last Saturday.

Matt Bradbury reports from Cornwall that workers at Truro mail centre were in a determined mood.

The few who crossed picket lines the previous week changed their minds after seeing the strength of the union in action and joined the action.

From Northamptonshire, senior union rep Mark Batterham told Socialist Worker that the NDC depot at Crick was again solid, and that there were fewer owner-operator drivers scabbing than during the previous strike.

The mood was one of anger and determination to beat the bosses and the government.

Pickets spoke about how management had bullied them on their return to work from the last strike.

At Romford in Essex the mood was upbeat as management’s declared aim to flood the mail centre with casual workers came to nothing.

“They’ve got about a dozen casuals in there, plus the managers,” said senior union rep Ryan Ward. “That’s exactly the same as last week.

“Honestly, the managers who go on about how they are going to break us are a joke.”

The strike in delivery offices on Saturday was similarly successful.

The feeling of widespread public support created a buzz on the picket line in Old Trafford, Manchester.

“We’ve seen the leaflet for the solidarity with postal workers meeting everywhere,” said local union rep Neil Ainsley.

“It’s got a photo of our picket line on it. That’s great!”

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