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They’re all doing their bit to back the post strikers

Ordinary people across the country have given massive solidarity to striking post workers. Activists are being urged to keep up the support as all postal workers are set to strike on Friday of this week and Monday of next week. Students, trade unionist

Published Tue 3 Nov 2009
Issue No. 2176

Students join CWU members on the picket line in Colchester (Pic: Mark Bergfeld)

Students join CWU members on the picket line in Colchester (Pic: Mark Bergfeld)



Students at Stow College in Glasgow have been doing weekly collections around the campus. They then take the money to their local picket line at the Baird Street depot.

Strathclyde University students have produced “Why you should support the strike” and “Students support the strike” leaflets.

They collected money for the workers and delivered it to the St Rollox depot where they were given a round of applause.

Glasgow University students have “twinned” with Clarence Drive office. As well as doing collections and petitioning, they have brought a post worker onto their campus for a public meeting.

The students have found that there are up to 40 part-time student posties at the university. Post workers are due to do lecture tours and campus collections.

Jonathan Shafi


Strikers were on and off the pitch at last Saturday’s Cambridge United home match when postal workers and their supporters collected inside the ground.

Tom Woodcock, the secretary of the trades council, which sponsored the match in solidarity with the postal workers – reports, “We raised over £300 for the strike fund and distributed 3,000 leaflets.”

Paul, a local CWU rep, says the reaction “was really good with, literally, only one or two people who were not supportive.

“Afterwards we sat in the supporters’ club counting the money and there was a scab there. Even his friends were calling him a scab.

“Members were giving out leaflets and were really confident.

“Starting this Saturday we’ll be doing street collections in the city centre.”


Fifty students came to the launch meeting of the support group at Manchester University where Bruce, a CWU rep from the Oldham Road post depot, explained what the strike was about.

A total of £62 was collected, which 20 students handed over when they joined picket lines last week.


Mark, a student at Essex University reports, “Ten students went to the picket line in Colchester last Saturday. We arrived at the picket line buoyed up having collected £35 in an hour the day before.

“The shop steward talked to us about the government’s modernisation plans and what they meant.

“In Colchester these meant that 50 people lost their jobs in the last three years. The links we established will help build our solidarity with the post workers meeting on Monday of next week.”


Civil service workers, Unite and Unison union members joined more than 20 lively pickets outside Plymouth’s Manual Data Entry Centre (MDEC) at 6am on Friday of last week.

A cheque from the local PCS union Land Registry Computer Services branch was given to pickets the next morning at West Park delivery office.


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