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Postal workers strike in Manvers

by CWU member
Issue No. 2027

Postal workers in Manvers, South Yorkshire, struck for 24 hours last week and are planning further action on 22, 25 and 27 November after management imposed punitive sanctions on their return to work.

It is disgraceful that the employer feels able to punish workers for striking entirely legally. But it is typical of the way Royal Mail acts.

The latest issue of our rank and file paper Postworker analyses the wave of assaults we are facing. Bristol and Birmingham mail centres - and maybe others in the future - are starting strike ballots over the introduction of machinery without agreement.

A packet sorting system, trialed at Gatwick, is being rolled out to mail centres without the union accepting how it is used.

If we let bosses do this they will bring in other job cutting methods and we will get nothing in return.

Fareham and Havant offices near Portsmouth are balloting, as is Nottingham central delivery office.

Many of us believe that we need a national fightback, not just a series of local disputes.

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Sat 18 Nov 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2027
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