Postal workers in London will indicate whether they want to continue to fund the Labour Party in a ballot of CWU union members, the result of which was set to be announced this week.
Many expect a massive vote to urge the national union to stop handing money to New Labour.
The government has been at the forefront of encouraging post privateers and threatening full-scale privatisation.
Angry union members from across the capital are also planning to join a demonstration at the party’s conference in Brighton on Tuesday 29 September.
A postmistress committed suicide while feeling under pressure at work because her branch was struggling to meet targets for selling travel money.
An Oxfordshire coroner’s court heard that Dawn Holt, who worked for the Post Office for 15 years, killed herself in April this year.
She left a note saying, “I am very sorry for putting you all through this, but no longer can I cope with life and the pressure at the Post Office.”
Work related suicides are not counted in the official deaths at work statistics.
Many CWU members in London are now facing serious financial hardship after at least 13 days of strike action.
The union’s London division has set up a hardship fund and is appealing for help from trade unionists.
Make cheques payable to “CWU London Divisional Committee” and send to John Denton, CWU London regional secretary, second floor, 33-41 Dallington Street, London EC1V 0BB.
Go to » www.swp.org.uk to download a collection sheet.
Reballots have opened the way to bigger struggle