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Strike is set in post offices

Issue No. 2380

Striking crown post office workers

Striking crown post office workers (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Workers in the Post Office were set to walk out for the 13th time on Wednesday of this week.

Up to 4,000 CWU union members in 372 Crown Post Offices (CPO) were set to join the half-day strike.

It is the latest action in a longrunning dispute over jobs, pay and branch closures. CPO managers in the Unite union were set to take industrial action on the day too.

Some 2,000 CWU union members working in the supply chain were also set to strike over pay on the same day. The strike, which also includes admin workers, was set to last for 24 hours.

The CWU union said its members would not actively sell Post Office financial services for nine days from Thursday of this week as part of the dispute.

A final extension on the CWU union’s live strike ballot in Royal Mail was set to end on Wednesday of this week. Final details of any deal were unclear as Socialist Worker went to press. 

However it’s clear that deliveries remain an outstanding issue. 

This is because workers in Royal Mail deliveries are under immense pressure from “absorption”. 

This is when a worker can’t complete their round and another “absorbs” the work with no extra pay. 

One delivery worker told Socialist Worker, “Any agreement reached has to deal seriously with these issues. Otherwise a strike has to be called.”

The worker added, “The union agreeing on a no-strike deal would be a disaster. So would ‘binding arbitration’—where disputes are dealt with through endless talks. 

“Disputes must be fought through industrial action, because we can win more when we strike. Whatever deal comes out has to be put to a special conference, with involvement from branches. 

“Momentum is key. We are in the pre-Christmas period—we have the ideal moment to hit Royal Mail hard.”

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Tue 19 Nov 2013, 17:21 GMT
Issue No. 2380
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