PEOPLE WERE keen to read Socialist Worker's coverage of the post workers' victory.
Last week I mentioned the 'victory breakfast' organised by readers in Hackney at the Brook Road sorting office. The next day 14 post workers bought copies of the new issue of the paper. And the readers who organised the sale tell me that there were only 35 people working there.
Ten copies of the paper were sold at the Ilford sorting office following the dispute and one of the post workers there sent a text message saying, 'Love Socialist Worker. Would love to write an article for it.'
Mail managers go ballistic
ALLY FROM Leyton told me about an exciting sale at her local sorting office:
'It was great that there was a photo and article about the Leyton post picket in Socialist Worker. We took the paper down on Saturday at 5.30am and three post workers bought copies.
'The highlight was when the manager called the cops to move me five metres. One worker was driving past and said, 'Our governor is going ballistic up there about you being here with that paper. He has called the Old Bill to get you moved.' The police were pretty relaxed about the whole thing. But the paper has seriously disturbed this manager!'
Shifting papers on all three shifts
THERE ARE signs that the mood in the post is spreading. Carmela from Ladbroke Grove has been going down to her local fire station with the paper for some time. She tells me, 'I went down to the station three times last week, covering all the shifts.
'People were very curious about the post workers' dispute and wanted to know what lessons they could draw for their own dispute. They were also interested in the Bush visit. I sold two copies of the paper to the red watch as well as three copies of the new Socialist Worker pamphlet on the awkward squad.'
Socialist Worker's underground sales
A TUBE worker told me how sales were growing on the London Underground:
'We had a London transport regional council meeting recently to discuss industrial action. There were around 50 union reps there. Some 19 people bought copies of the paper. The new Socialist Worker pamphlet on the awkward squad is also going down well. We sold 40 copies through our network of paper readers and 17 copies at a union meeting.'
Making a monkey out of Bush
IN THE run-up to the protests against Bush's visit, Socialist Worker readers in Manchester were joined by George Bush, suspiciously dressed in a monkey suit and cowboy hat.
His presence helped them to sell 195 copies of the paper on Market Street in the city centre.