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40 years work, and no thanks

Issue No. 1899

WHAT A caring employer! Managers pushed the single delivery through in my office in three weeks using staff taking early voluntary redundancy to help train people. After two weeks these staff were told that they could go. There was no send off, no invitation to meet up in a pub or anything for people with up to 40 years service.

People came in the next night and their friends had gone. Some of those leaving said they wished they hadn't taken early voluntary redundancy. Managers had pushed people into saying yes or no in five days after finding out their redundancy terms.

London Postal Worker

Why the mail is running late

THE SINGLE delivery was introduced to the Hampstead Delivery Office (NW3) on Monday of this week. It turned out to be total chaos. None of the new walks had been set up, and the pattern which tells you the houses that you deliver to was not ready. On top of this the Delivery Officer Manager, who is supposed to be in charge, went off on two weeks holiday.

It will be several weeks before the return of a near normal delivery. But postmen and women will take the brunt of the customers' complaints. The delivery office number is 020 74 330 562.


Respect stands up for Kurds

RESPECT CANDIDATE for London mayor Lindsey German was on the platform at a meeting last Sunday in protest at an EU ban on the Kurdistan People's Congress. The 60-strong audience at the Haringey Kurdish Centre heard other speakers including Bruce Kent and Green MEP Jean Lambert.

Lindsey brought the official support of Respect for an attempt to get the ban lifted. She asked why the Kurdistan People's Congress is labelled terrorist while Ariel Sharon and the new US boss of Iraq John Negroponte get the backing of Western governments.

Respect London Assembly candidate and leading Kurdish activist Sait Akgul said, "If Mr Blair is expecting the backing of Kurdish voters on 10 June-and many are registered to vote-he can think again."

Notts miners raise roof

SOME 850 people joined a celebration of the 1984-5 miners' strike in Mansfield last Saturday. They included militants still fighting in the three surviving pits, many ex NUM activists, their families and supporters.

Ian Lavery, current NUM national chair, dealt with arguments about whether there should have been a national ballot at the time. He asked whether those who were so keen had called for a vote about the war against Iraq and all the privatisation agendas governments have rammed through.

Over 100 copies of the Socialist Worker anniversary miners' strike issue were sold. A special Respect leaflet addressed to ex NUM militants was well received.

RICHARD BUCKWELL, Secretary Mansfield and District TUC

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Sat 1 May 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1899
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