Socialist Worker

Post workers walk out over cuts in Whitstable

by Bunny La Roche
Issue No. 2336

Strikers and their supporters take to the streets last Saturday  (Pic: Cliff Bartholomew)

Strikers and their supporters take to the streets last Saturday (Pic: Cliff Bartholomew)

Striking Post workers held a lively and determined picket line in Whitstable, Kent, last Saturday.

Royal Mail was forced to engage the services of 69 managers from across Kent to get mail out.

Protesters tried to stop a Royal Mail lorry from entering the delivery office, and only stopped when management called the police.

Around 300 people marched to defend the striking CWU union members. Strikers are fighting the planned closure of the Whitstable delivery office.

If the closure goes through, workers will have to travel to Canterbury to pick up their loads and then travel back to Whitstable to deliver them.

People will also be forced collect their parcels five miles away in Canterbury. For those without a car it will mean return journey of an hour and a half, and cost £6.

Jean Roberts, CWU area rep, said, “We had no consultation—all we are saying is come and talk.”

Naomi Jones joined the march to back the strikers. She said, “It is wrong that their conditions are under attack, and that ordinary people should travel further just to save money for some boss.”

Supporters collected £275 for the workers, who have vowed to escalate the strikes if management refuses to consult with them.

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