Socialist Worker

Striking back at the post empire

Issue No. 1876

AS THE brilliant post strike spread around the country Socialist Worker readers were visiting picket lines and organising collections in support.

In London alone 252 copies of the paper were sold on picket lines and thousands of leaflets arguing to spread the strike and connecting it with the demonstration against Bush were handed out.

'Posties one - Royal Mail nil'

JONATHAN, A council worker from Hackney, London, told me about the mood at his local sorting office:

'We went down to the Clapton picket line regularly during the dispute, selling nine copies of the paper. We took £30 that we had collected from people at our local Stop Bush meeting. A union steward from the council brought £43 she had collected and a lecturer brought £65 from his college.

'We decided to have a victory breakfast on Tuesday of this week. One Socialist Worker reader brought some food. I made some posters saying 'Posties one-Royal Mail nil.'

'The union rep held a meeting on the gate. He said it was a great victory won by ordinary workers and thanked us for our solidarity during the dispute.

'There was a great buzz and a feeling of victory.'

The post must not get through!

SELLING SOCIALIST Worker can make a real difference. Anthony has been selling the paper at his local office in Ilford. 'We had not had a brilliant reception there up until the dispute,' he says.

'We went on Monday expecting them to walk out, but they were in work. On Tuesday we sold at Romford, also in east London, where six drivers were suspended.

'Barking, Dagenham and Romford were all out, but Ilford still wasn't. We leafleted the sorting office. Then we got a phone call from a worker there asking us to sell the paper and leaflet it again.

'The next day readers went down and put in a leaflet and sold five copies of Socialist Worker. The post workers held a 110-strong union meeting and voted to walk out.

'The mood completely changed. We got a great reception. One of the reps told us that he had never read our paper before the dispute, but he was much more interested now we had helped to get the office out.'

Art students brush up on sales

BEA, A student from Camberwell Art College, told me about a sale she organised around her student halls: 'I went round the halls with a couple of people who have just started reading the paper.

'Over 50 people signed the Stop the War Coalition 'Stop Bush' petition.

'We sold four copies of the paper to students. There was lots of interest in the Bush visit and people were keen on the idea of organising 'art strikes', where we spend the day doing art against Bush instead of coursework.'

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Sat 8 Nov 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1876
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