AN UNOFFICIAL walkout by over 200 postal workers in Oldham, Greater Manchester, won a victory last week. Members of the CWU union walked out at 7am on Tuesday of last week in a dispute over the handling of a backlog of mail that built up during other recent industrial action.
The dispute was settled after Royal Mail made big concessions. Workers initially struck after a member of staff was suspended in the row. His reinstatement was part of the deal. Union reps said managers had threatened to suspend other staff if they did not comply with conditions set down to clear the backlog.
Ted Stead, CWU branch secretary in Oldham and Rochdale, said the agreement also included ensuring no action will be taken against staff who took part in the unofficial walkout. 'The lad who was suspended will return to work, and all work to clear the backlog will be in line with health and safety guidelines to ensure they will not be over-burdened,' he said.
WORKERS ALSO walked out in Slough, Buckinghamshire, last week. They were outraged that a manager had confronted a worker over work to clear a backlog. The worker later had a heart attack. The walkout ended a few hours later when management was forced to back off.
Biggest ever issue of Post Worker
THE RANK and file paper Post Worker presents a bumper eight-page issue to celebrate the success of the recent unofficial action. It includes articles from the frontline of the struggle by workers themselves, plus an overview from the London Weighting Disputes Committee, a press review, a discussion on the union's political fund, and much more.
Get a copy yourself or, even better, get your branch to make a bulk order. Order from 109 Evelyn Court, Amhurst Road, London E8 2BQ, or phone 07904 157 779.