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From The Socialist newspaper, 27 September 2007

Royal Mail bosses force further strikes

Support the postal workers

Postal workers on strike in June 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

Postal workers on strike in June 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

THE BATTLE lines have been drawn between Royal Mail and the postal workers. Without doubt we are heading for a showdown, where the very future of our industry and the union is at stake.

Gary Clark, sub area rep, Scotland No. 2 branch Communication Workers Union (CWU)

During the summer, 130,000 postal workers massively supported our strike action, causing a huge backlog in mail, forcing some small concessions and the management back round the table.

But the five weeks of talks which were extended for five extra days, just brought out the management's real intentions - the complete destruction of the union and a totally flexible workforce which they can control.

They are giving us a 6.7% pay increase over two years in return for tearing up every national and local agreement and allowing the managers to run all over the workforce.

In return for the 6.7% over two years we must accept:

Royal Mail have declared war on the CWU and its members. Since the talks have broken down they have announced a series of executive actions, including the closure of two mail centres, changes to start times and the ending of Sunday collections.

The union has responded by calling two 48-hour strikes on 5-6 October and 8-9 October. This will be backed up by strikes from 15 October, which will mean every day there will be at least one section out.

This is a dispute we can't afford to lose. Our very future is at risk and so is a vital public service. All these changes are part and parcel of the government's privatisation plans.

The union must also be calling on support from other trade unions. This could turn into a long and bitter dispute. Support groups should now be set up and demos organised in every region of the country.

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