Socialist Worker

Postal workers

by Mark Dolan, area CWU rep
Issue No. 1922

POSTAL WORKERS at the N7 delivery office stopped work last week in protest at dangerous conditions. The office is within yards of the major construction works taking place for the new Arsenal stadium.

Three weeks ago there was a meeting with the CWU union, management, the building contractors and Arsenal football club.

It was agreed that no drilling or any other work that puts the staff in N7 at risk would commence until after 2pm on any day.

This agreement has been broken, and conditions within the office are appalling. They include vibrations from drilling, dust and loud noise. At one point large chunks of masonry fell on vehicles. Any delay to mail is solely due to the stance taken by Arsenal football club and the contractors.


Royal Mail has decided that it is going to move the Headington delivery office into the East Oxford office.

This is to be done in the name of “modernisation”.

It is to be accompanied by a complete revision of all postal rounds.

An acceptance that we need bigger premises is a step forward. But to move beyond the delivery postcode is not going to improve the service.

The revision will mean longer deliveries further from the delivery office.

The service and its employees are already stretched to the limit.
Paul Garraway

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Sat 9 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1922
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