POSTAL WORKERS at the East London mail centre have voted by two to one for strikes over the sacking of two of their colleagues. Workers at the office were disgusted and enraged when management announced the sackings were going ahead. This is despite an almost total lack of evidence and the promise of a review after a recent well-supported unofficial walkout.
Even sections of management have made it clear to CWU union reps that they regard the case as grossly unfair. Every postal worker should demand that the national union gives its full support to the campaign to get the two reinstated. An east London postal worker told Socialist Worker, 'There should be sacking over this incident, but it should be the four managers who have been involved, not the two workers.'
An appeal is scheduled over the sackings and other meetings with management were planned for this week. If the meetings make no progress, strikes will follow.
Vote on the pay deal
POSTAL WORKERS have voted by about 70 percent to 30 percent to accept the national deal on pay and major change. The vote was closer over the London weighting deal, where nearly 40 percent voted no.
The turnout was low-another sign of no great enthusiasm for some aspects of the deal and the job losses that are planned to come with it. 'Nobody at all is dancing in the streets about this agreement. But we also all recognise that it is far better than we would have got had it not been for the unofficial strikes last year and the official action over London weighting,' a CWU union rep from west London told Socialist Worker. 'If Royal Mail think they have beaten us then watch this space for more revolts!'