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Management intimidation of Belfast CWU strikers

Issue No. 1986

Royal Mail management in Belfast have launched an almost unprecedented assault on CWU union reps.

Late in the evening they tried to deliver registered letters to the homes of four union reps containing threats to sequester their personal assets. They had allegedly incited unofficial industrial action.

In three cases the letters were not accepted, but in one a 13 year old child signed for it.

Eoin Davey, one of the four who was sent a letter told Socialist Worker, “Intimidation in the workplace is at the heart of the walkout. Now management are organising intimidation of reps in the homes and in their communities. It is not acceptable.

“We have repudiated the strike and asked the strikers to return to work. But we have also called for action to resolve the issues that led to the strike.”

On Tuesday this week postal workers walked out spontaneously at Tomb Street in protest at the way disciplinary procedures were being used.

Workers volunteered to return – without pay – to deliver the 11 plus exam results this weekend. But that was refused by managers who also say they will not talk until the strike ends.

The intimidation has not broken the action – indeed it has spread it. On Friday unofficial action began at the main sorting office in Mallusk, County Antrim. At 1400 on Friday some 600 workers in total were on strike in the Belfast area.

Community support for the strikers is very strong. Earlier this week a group of women from the Shankill demonstrated their support for the postal workers.

Royal Mail’s threats and harassment must not succeed.

E-mail messages of support to: branch@cwuni.org


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Sat 4 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1986
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