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Bridgwater post workers are in it for the long haul

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2366

CWU members in 371 Crown Post Offices are balloting for action again in an ongoing dispute over jobs, pay and closures. The result is due on Thursday of this week

CWU members in 371 Crown Post Offices are balloting for action again in an ongoing dispute over jobs, pay and closures. The result is due on Thursday of this week (Pic: Socialist Worker)


Some 110 post workers in Bridgwater delivery office, Somerset, have struck for two more days in their continuing dispute. This takes the total to seven.

The workers are members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU). They struck on Monday of this week and Saturday of last week over allegations of management bullying and the imposition of cuts by Royal Mail. 

Saturday’s picket saw a solid turnout of 40 strikers. 

“It’s been a great picket, with great morale.” CWU shop steward Dave Chapple told Socialist Worker. 

“The support we’ve received has been great, it’s helped a lot. We’ve got talks on Wednesday, but we think Royal Mail is shocked by the support we’ve received.” 

Dave Wilshire, CWU Bristol branch secretary told Socialist Worker, “On Monday it was a very strong turnout of about 60 people. Workers are in it for the long haul and they are determined to win.” 

The workers are set to strike again on Saturday of this week

CWU members at Weston Super Mare delivery office are also set to be out that day in a seperate dispute. It is the first strike there in 20 years. 

Workers are furious at Tory plans to sell off Royal Mail. 

Even the National Federation of SubPostmasters has told its members in Post Offices not to handle publicity leaflets on buying shares in Royal Mail. 

The workers at Bridgwater are looking to escalate further and go out for a whole week in September. 

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

Royal mail wants to slash 380 jobs at its Portsmouth processing centre and move the work to Eastleigh, 20 miles away. 

Portsmouth CWU branch secretary Ruth Harris told Socialist Worker, “Royal Mail is treating us and the workers with absolute contempt.

“Members are meeting to decide what to do”.


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Tue 13 Aug 2013, 16:11 BST
Issue No. 2366
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