Management at Exeter mail centre are trying to claw back their position after a recent unofficial strike by postal workers won an important victory.
The strike (see Solidarity and unofficial walkout win important victory for Exeter postal workers, 9 September) saw disciplinary action against a union rep withdrawn and punishment clauses for striking beaten back.
The strike involved 350 workers united. Afterwards one summed up the mood when he said, “I feel liberated”.
There was sense that now “everyone is a union rep”.
Other branches across Britain gave us vital solidarity.
Managers are angry they lost.
They have interviewed some 30 workers face to face and asked if they took part in trips to the airport and Plymouth mail centre. On these occasions information was given to fellow workers about the dispute.
Others have been asked if they were agitating for action at the mail centre.
In addition management has made it very difficult for the union to operate at work.
However, there is no mood to accept these attacks.
Last Saturday a group of processing workers were told that their normal 30 minute work time learning session was cancelled and that they should work instead.
They refused to do so and around 25 went home.
The whole union must rally round Exeter. If necessary there must be strikes to defend anyone who is disciplined.
The CWU has a tradition of not leaving anyone behind after a battle. Management locally and nationally should take note—we will not allow our members to be picked off.