Around 130 postal workers in Luton struck on Wednesday of last week for 24 hours after a delivery worker was sacked.
The depot was picketed from 5am with as many as 50 people on the picket line. The pickets were visited by local trade unionists including a PCS rep.
The possibility of joint action in the coming pay dispute was welcomed, as was a future public sector pay rally.
The strike was very solid despite outrageous management provocation. They sent in 400 managers, three times the number of normal workers, to cover the work. CWU officials warned that bosses were trying to stir up matters to escalate against the workforce.
The sacked worker had a nine year unblemished record when, under time pressure, he momentarily left the keys in his van while performing a collection and the vehicle was stolen.
He was charged with misconduct, dismissed, and lost an appeal. A CWU union rep told Socialist Worker, ‘The members felt this was a clear injustice because in some similar cases the worker has not been sacked.
‘This is an official strike after the members voted overwhelmingly for action in a ballot.’
Some 120 postal workers in Bridgwater, Somerset, were to strike on Friday and Saturday this week and Monday next week. The strikes follow a strong 71 to 22 vote for action.
Management are imposing new working practices and cutting hours without agreement.
European Union ministers agreed last week to delay plans to open up the postal sector to full competition from 1 January 2009 amid fierce opposition and after strikes and protests across Europe on the day of the meeting.
The British government has already implemented all the liberalisation measures, four years ahead of the original deadline.
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