Socialist Worker

Post workers to strike on Monday 4 November

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2375

Post workers listen to speech by union official

Post workers held a mass gate meeting outside Mount Pleasant Mail Centre yesterday, ahead of today's announcement (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Postal workers have voted by four to one to strike to defend their jobs and conditions and receive a pay rise. The ballot result announced today, Wednesday, shows 78 percent voted in favour on a 63 percent turnout.

The one day all out strike on Monday 4 November comes after the privatisation of Royal Mail last week. The workers’ CWU union said it will consider further action after this.

Simon Midgley, CWU area delivery rep for Bradford, told Socialist Worker, “The members have obviously seen through all the propaganda round the rush to privatise Royal Mail and undermine the union’s campaign.

“This result has massively confirmed support for the union’s fight to defend jobs and the public service from the threat that privatisation brings.

“But the one day strike will just be the beginning. It will take a very serious and determined campaign for the union to win.”

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said that postal workers “care about their jobs, terms and conditions far more than they care about shares”.

The CWU is organising another ballot on boycotting competitors’ mail.


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