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National Shop Stewards Network Meetings around the country
The first meeting of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) in Worcester took place on 8 October. 13 people attended, including speakers Dave Chapple, CWU and chair of the NSSN committee and Kevin Greenway, PCS national executive. Other postal workers and members of ASLEF, NUT and UNITE attended.
Dave Chapple explained the latest stage of the postal dispute. During the discussion that ensued it became clear that regular, clear and reliable information needs to be provided to striking CWU members.
Royal Mail management want to re-assert their 'right to manage' but the problem for them is the large number of experienced and determined CWU reps who stand in their way.
There are cases of victimisation all around the country, where managers are trying to demoralise CWU members.
Dave pointed out that the dispute was about management preparing for privatisation and that for that to make sense they needed 'flexibility'.
Kevin Greenway brought the support of the PCS and pointed to the similarities of the attacks on both groups of workers - later retirement, paltry pay rises and the threat of regional pay.
A united struggle of all workers threatened by these plans was required.
Everyone felt the start had been made in linking reps directly so that information could be shared and strong areas help those which were weaker.
Socialist Party members present were thanked for their efforts in helping to set up the Shop Stewards Network.
Further meetings of the Shop Stewards Network are being organised:
London and South East
Sunday 21 October, 1-4pm. University of London Union, Malet Street WC1
Speakers include: Brian Caton (POA), Rob Kelsall (GMB) and Paul Jackson (RMT)
Sunday 28 October, 12 noon-4pm, Temple of Peace, Cathays Park, Cardiff.
For more details contact WSSN, 31 Waun Wen Terrace, Swansea, SA1 6DX or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 1 December, 11am to 5pm. Quality Central Hotel, Hope Street, Glasgow
Speakers include: Bob Crow (RMT) and Janice Godrich (PCS)
A meeting is being planned for the Midlands in November
In The Socialist 11 October 2007:
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What we think
War and terrorism
Socialist Party news and analysis
Socialist Party feature
International socialist news and analysis
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