Socialist Worker

Crown Post dispute won't just fade away

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2373

Crown Post Office strikers on strike in July

Crown Post Office strikers on strike in July (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Crown Post Office workers took part in their 12th walkout on Monday of this week in a dispute over closures, franchising, job cuts and pay.

The strike by CWU union members hit 372 offices across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. 

Workers in nine offices in Scotland walked out on Tuesday of this week due to a bank holiday on Monday.

Gary Watt is a CWU area rep for East Finchley and was at the Great Greenford office in Middlesex. He told Socialist Worker, “This was a full day’s action on a Monday at the end of the month. 

“So it took place at a busy time and had a big impact. People were waiting for around 25 minutes in queues to be served at the Greenford office. Usually people are meant to wait no more than five minutes.

“We’ve got lots of signatures on a petition over the cuts and had a good response from the public. 

“People know that privatisation means a worse service and worse terms and conditions for workers.”

Deputy general secretary of the CWU Dave Ward said the strike was “well supported”.

“The company think this dispute will simply fade away,” he added. “But the support of post office workers again today disproves that.”

Workers also began action short of a strike on Tuesday of this week with a three-day sales ban on financial products and services.

Gary was optimistic that workers can win. “The sales ban is a big deal,” he said. “It means there’s no way management will meet the targets for sales in their business plan.

“The bosses are worried. And if the dispute keeps going we’ll be into the Christmas period—they don’t want strikes over Christmas. “It’s looking favourable for us.”

Meanwhile, some 125,000 CWU members have begun a ballot for national strikes over privatisation, pay, workload and pensions. The ballot ends on 16 October and the first walkout could take place on 23 October.

The fight to defend the post service is enormously popular. Post workers can win huge support for any action they take to defend it.

CWU members should fight for the biggest Yes vote in the ballot and argue for a campaign of hard-hitting strikes that can win.



Walkout over a worker’s ‘unjustified suspension’

All CWU members at Burnley delivery office walked out on Thursday of last week in support of a suspended colleague.

The suspended worker was given a precautionary suspension after allegedly committing a misdemeanour. Workers say the suspension is unfair.

Tony Williams is the CWU divisional secretary for North Wales/North West. He told Socialist Worker, “I don’t believe that the suspension is justified”.

Management held a hearing for the suspended worker on Monday of this week. But the suspension was still in place as Socialist Worker went to press.

No bullying, No harrassment in Stanmore

Workers at Stanmore sorting office in Middlesex struck on Monday of this week over conditions. The walkout followed a strike on Wednesday of last week.

Workers have accused senior managers of bullying and harassment, and complain of unfair workloads. Some 98 percent backed strikes in a recent ballot.

Postal workers strike in Oxford to defend sacked workers

Striking postal workers in Oxford last week

Striking postal workers in Oxford last week

Postal workers in Oxford struck on Friday of last week over the sacking of two workers. 

They say the workers have been unfairly dismissed and want Royal Mail to review the cases.



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