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Bridgwater post dispute shows local anger can feed national strike vote

Issue No. 2365

Postal workers in Bridgwater, Somerset, are set to call up to ten more strike days in their dispute. 

Some 110 workers have struck for a total of five days over allegations of management intimidation, bullying and the unagreed imposition of a summer cost savings plan by Royal Mail.

Dave Chapple, CWU Bristol shop steward, told Socialist Worker, “We’re going out for two days from Saturday of this week. 

“Then we’re looking to go out for another two days following week and coordinate with Weston-super-Mare. 

“They will have 150 members out. Then we’re looking to go out for a whole week at the start of September. We’ve got about £24,000 in our strike fund.

“It’s an amazing boost. No one expected the brilliant solidarity we’ve had.”

The Bridgwater dispute can provide a model for feeding into the mood of resistance.

“In your area start a local dispute and link it to privatisation, says Dave. “The whole of deliveries in Plymouth and Cornwall are balloting members and there’s about 25-30 ballots happening nationally.”

Send messages of support to davechapple@btinternet.com phone 0777 6304 276 or send to “Bridgwater Trades Union Council”, 1 Blake Place, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5AU

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