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Striking stand against racism

Issue No. 1873

POSTAL WORKERS in Wolverhampton have walked out unofficially on strike as a protest against racism.

The action began on Friday of last week at the city's main mail centre after racist comments were posted on an official noticeboard by management.

It ended with a deal on Monday evening. There will be an investigation into the issues raised.

Staff at the centre had been given questionnaires as part of a survey to find out what they thought about the company. The replies were then put up on the board, even though some included racist remarks.

Workers walked out in protest at management's failure to vet such views.

Of 120 staff who should have been on duty at Wolverhampton depot on Saturday just six reported for work. About 300 workers took part in the strikes. The strike forced an apology from the executive deputy chair of Royal Mail, Elmar Toime. He said, 'I am really sorry for any hurt and distress this may have caused any of you. I will look into it.'

One Wolverhampton CWU union member told Socialist Worker, 'Racism has been treated flippantly by management in this issue. It is far too important to be dealt with in such a glib way and that is why we walked out. The action involved black, white and Asian workers. We are not going to be divided in this way.

'There needs to be a follow-up to see who failed in management and I also believe the union should be looking at who holds these views among the workforce.'

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Sat 18 Oct 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1873
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