STRONG unofficial action has beaten back a management attack on postal workers at Ilford in outer east London. Workers walked out on Wednesday of last week in protest at the suspension of three delivery staff.
They had been given too much work to deliver a few days earlier and had been unable to deliver it all. In line with policy, they brought the extra work back. Management then instructed the workers to sort mail in their own time, without payment, to make up for this 'failure'. There was also talk of charging the workers with 'wilful delay' of the mail - a serious offence that can lead to dismissal. A mass meeting of over 100 voted to stay out.
On Friday management backed down, reinstated the men and dropped all charges. The backlog of mail will be cleared by paid overtime. An Ilford CWU union member told Socialist Worker, 'The workload has been going up and up. You used to be taking out two or three bags and now it's five or six. 'This creates an atmosphere where you're under pressure all the time. I'm glad that we stood up and showed we won't be bullied.'