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Postal workers strike in Plymouth

by a CWU member
Issue No. 1992

Plymouth postal workers struck for a day last week, the second time they have taken action in their latest dispute.

The action was 100 percent solid. Earlier in the week the workers had rejected management’s deal by 87 votes to three.

Management have hit back hard against the union. The Plymouth branch secretary and the area delivery rep have both lost facility time.

This is an official strike, entirely in accordance with the anti-union laws, and yet Royal Mail is imposing penalties on the CWU union.

In the same region, the Exeter area delivery rep has been told not to go to union meetings but instead to present himself at a series of offices next week to agree savings.

Result

This demand is a result of the local interpretation of the recent national agreement that forced the union to go into talks about cutting costs and jobs in every office.

Exeter CWU has refused to begin negotiations on the basis of savings that were proposed last year and were rejected by the workers. Management say they have to forget the past and start serious discussions again on these proposals.

Across Britain managers had been told to get savings agreed by the end of this week.

This is so that redundancy notices can be issued that will be implemented during the period of a moratorium on industrial action over efficiency savings. This moratorium is supposed to continue until 30 April.

A rough survey by Socialist Worker suggests that at least 3,000 jobs are to go in this first round of cost-cutting.

This will provide a few pounds to be handed out to the rest of the workforce – they face harder work and harsher conditions.

And at the start of this week there was still no definite news on this year’s basic pay rise.


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Sat 18 Mar 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1992
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