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Post strike in Plymouth

Issue No. 1991

Post Office bosses’ refusal to abide by an agreement they had signed just days before led to a strike at Plymouth’s north central delivery office on Monday.

A national deal agreed last week was supposed to see management withdraw all changes imposed at offices through executive action.

But bosses do not regard the issues at Plymouth as being covered by this deal. So the 80 workers implemented their 87 percent vote for action and struck on Monday.

Another problem with the deal has emerged in Dundee where bosses have withdrawn the measures which led to two one-day strikes, but are insisting on maintaining the sanctions which were pushed through as a result of the strikes themselves.

As details of the national deal become known, some activists are angry that there has been no national ballot over such a wide-ranging agreement and over the specifics of the deal itself.

It clears the way for job cuts and for linking pay rises to accepting harsher conditions.

Management remain committed to massive job cuts – as evidenced by their recent attempts to begin trials of new ways of working at mail centres.

Despite an agreement not to do so, bosses have been trying to get union reps to agree trials of job-cutting procedures.

And according to the Financial Times, Royal Mail says it is still “pushing hard” for government approval to begin privatisation by giving 20 percent of its shares to staff.

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Sat 11 Mar 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1991
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