Some 110 post workers walked out yesterday, Thursday, for three days in Bridgwater,
The workers are members of the Communication and Workers Union (CWU). They are out in protest at cuts to full time jobs, allegations of bullying management and to demand the payment of £800 owed to each worker by management.
Dave Chapple, Bridgwater CWU shop steward spoke to Socialist Worker today, Friday.
“This is a major dispute for Bridgwater, solidarity is essential to win. We’re fundraising to support the striking workers onto victory
“We also need local strikes to break out around the country.
“The picket line has been solid over the days, with 50-60 workers, which must worry Royal Mail” He said.
The workers in Bridgwater have been out on strike twice already, first on 29 June and then 6 July.
“Our dispute now is a flag-waver for the national dispute over privatisation.
“We’re discussing where to go over the next ten days. We plan to have a fundraiser for strikes then escalate again.”
Another reason for the strike is Royal Mail’s failure to suspend a manager over allegedly opening a worker’s mail.
“The workers are enraged,” Dave said. “That he’s in the same building is an insult.”
Post workers met Royal Mail bosses for talks to resolve the dispute last Monday, 15 July. After a two and half hour discussion bosses said they were not going to discipline the manager because the workers were out on strike.
There is to be another meeting between workers and bosses this coming Monday.