POSTAL WORKERS at Leamington Spa sorting office have shown how to fight victimisations. They walked out without a ballot and won. They forced Royal Mail bosses to back off sacking a worker for alleged "wilful delay" of the mail. The worker, who had failed to deliver junk mail within a set timespan, was reinstated after a magnificent show of solidarity.
Fellow workers refused to move from the gates of the office with their first deliveries on Friday of last week until the worker was reinstated. After listening to the CWU union representative and workers, the manager decided to reinstate the worker.
THE Communication Workers Union rules revision conference last week showed discontent both with union leaders and New Labour. The union's executive lost virtually every proposal for rule changes that they put to the delegates. In contrast, the left won important victories over several issues. In particular postal workers' branches of the union will now have much more local control over what sort of action is called if they vote to strike. Behind every debate was a deep anger at New Labour. This was coupled with a lively interest in discussing Ken Livingstone's campaign and the possibility of building a socialist alternative to New Labour.