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Postal workers

by Mark Dolan, CWU area delivery rep North/North West London
Issue No. 1974

Around 200 postal workers at the N1 delivery office in north London are beginning a strike ballot. At issue are management’s plans to cut the equivalent of 19 jobs.

The cost-cutting scheme, and the way management has attempted to implement it, have caused turmoil in the office.

Managers seem to have decided they will take the scheme directly to the membership and cut out the union.

Last week managers distributed forms to the workforce asking for volunteers for redundancy and transfer.

Such attempts to go over the union’s head have become a hallmark of management under Royal Mail chairman Allan Leighton. We are not having it.

I discovered that on receipt of the forms workers had spontaneously walked off the job and gone to the canteen.

Refused permission to hold their own meeting, they then went to a local open space to discuss developments.

They returned only when they were assured there would be no victimisations or accusations of incitement.

The CWU union is its members and we have a right to decide issues like job losses collectively, not to allow managers to treat us simply as individuals.

The CWU is the barrier against bullying and harassment and we cannot allow it to be pushed aside.

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Sat 29 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1974
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