Plans to sort out bosses' attacks
OVER 2,000 postal workers in north and north west London have called for a strike ballot against Royal Mail's closure and reorganisation plans. As part of a "rationalisation" plan for London, management wants to close the NDO office and move work to a new mail centre in Greenford, Middlesex. A document from the CWU postal union's London Divisional Committee last year said of the London reorganisation, "The proposals represent probably the biggest attack on postal jobs in London that has ever been seen. They will lead to between 3,000 and 4,000 job losses."
NDO and its sub-offices are determined to fight. The strike ballot demand has been triggered by Royal Mail preparing to move work to Greenford from some of the offices.
This is an important struggle which could lead to a big official postal strike in the weeks leading up to a general election. As one industrial relations manager at NDO said last week, "We either have to take on the regulator in order to protect the industry from competition or we have to take on the union. We have decided it is to be the union." nBRANCHES involved in recent crucial postal strikes have called a meeting in London to discuss the implications of their struggles.
Liverpool, Cardiff and Oxford have taken this excellent initiative to give CWU postal union members a chance to find out what really happened, and to strengthen the union against management and privatisation. The meeting is this Saturday, 24 March, at 12 noon at University of London Union, Malet Street, central London.
- THE NEW issue of Post Worker, the paper written by rank and file postal workers, is out now. For your copy phone 0958 478 631.
SAVE NDO, SERVICES AND JOBS
Wednesday 28 March, 7pm Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, N1 Speakers include Jeremy Corbyn MP, John Keggie (CWU deputy general secretary) and Janine Booth (Socialist Alliance)