Workers at Crown Post Offices have voted by a massive majority to strike against a below-inflation pay rise and threatened job losses.
Some 93 percent of over 2,500 CWU union members at the state-owned firm voted for action on a 66 percent turnout.
Post Office Limited last year increased its profits to £72 million. Directors raised their remuneration by 21 percent but refuse to consider a pay rise for counter staff.
“We’ve been treated abysmally and we’re bloody angry,” Mole Meade, a CWU rep, told Socialist Worker.
“I’ve spoken at 18 meetings for our members in Kent and on the south coast. Each one has seen nearly 100 percent attendance.
“That, coupled with a massive increase in union membership recently, tells you everything you need to know about relations between workers and management in the Post Office.
“If the bosses have any sense, they’ll take a look at the size of the vote and get back round the table. But if they don’t, I believe our members have made their feelings clear.”
That the union can achieve such an endorsement for a strike in the Post Office is a signal to CWU activists in Royal Mail who are facing privatisation and attacks on their pensions.
By raising the prospect of action, and running a big campaign, members can be persuaded to back a fightback.