Socialist Worker

London post workers in big vote for strikes

by Ken Olende, at CWU conference in Bournemouth
Issue No. 2253

Postal workers in London have voted to strike against closures, with 79 percent in favour of action on a

54 percent turnout.

Almost 3,500 postal workers could now be called out for a series of strikes in June against the closure of three mail centres and one delivery office in the capital.

Jim Kirwan, London regional secretary of the CWU union, told Socialist Worker, “Members have voted overwhelmingly for action in the face of some of the strongest bullying, harassment and intimidation by Royal Mail.”

Martin Walsh, London divisional rep, added, “The union wants a deal, but we’re not prepared to allow Royal Mail to make people compulsorily redundant.

“Royal Mail is moving the next batch of work on 6 June. Unless it stops this move and allows for further talks, then it is likely that we will strike on or around that date.

“The issue of compulsory redundancies is a national one and needs a national response.”

Mark Dolan, area delivery rep for north London, said, “The next stage is to ballot the whole of London and the whole union. There’s no reason why we can’t be out on 30 June in London, linking our dispute up with other groups.”

Management claims the cuts will require about 580 redundancies but more than 670 people have expressed an interest in taking voluntary redundancy.

Martin Walsh told Socialist Worker that only 200 of those had asked to take it further and, at the time of last week’s negotiations, not one had actually applied for redundancy.

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