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Stoke: indefinite post strike shakes the bosses

Published Tue 18 Aug 2009
Issue No. 2165

Over 100 postal workers at Stoke mail centre are taking all-out indefinite strike action.

They are fighting to defend their jobs and the national agreements between the company and the CWU union that are supposed to protect them.

Bosses want to close the office and transfer work to Wolverhampton.

This would mean an 80-mile round trip for those who wanted to carry on working for Royal Mail.

The company has said even if workers agree to such transfer, they would have to accept changes to their shift patterns and loss of earnings.

Those who do not agree will be deemed to have either “sacked themselves” or taken “voluntary redundancy”.

Andy Plant, the CWU branch secretary, told Socialist Worker that the strike, which began on Tuesday of last week, is “100 percent solid”.

“We’ve got about 40 people on the picket line in rotating shifts from 5am to 6pm, and the support from the public has been great.

“Sometimes you can barely hear yourself speak because of the sound of tooting horns.

“Around 200 postal workers in delivery offices in the city took unofficial action in our support last week. They are back in work now but are set to start a ballot for official action on Thursday of this week.

“Royal Mail has said that it is prepared to talk, but so far what it is prepared to discuss doesn’t meet our concerns.

“We want them to honour our national agreements in fully transparent fashion.

“Until we get that, we are going to remain in dispute. It is vital that other trade unionists continue to show solidarity and spread the word about our fight.”

Rush donations and messages of support to Stoke mail centre strike, CWU Midlands’ No7 branch, CWU Union Room, Lindsay Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, ST1 4EP. Email midlandregion@cwu.org


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Tue 18 Aug 2009, 17:47 BST
Issue No. 2165
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