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Cambridge post workers strike
"I HOPE this goes national soon" was the sentiment expressed by one Cambridge postal worker, striking on 29 September. The strike was to do with management pushing through changes to working patterns without having agreed them with the union.
Edd Mustill, Cambridge
There was a sense that, although local strikes are good for morale, the coming national action will be much more effective. Only a dozen or so out of the 240 workers at the office went in, and pickets said they knew that some of these would come out on a national strike.
There was much support for the overwhelming vote of the London region of the CWU postal workers to end funding to the Labour Party.
If bullying and intimidation in the workplace are going on under a Labour government, said one picket, then what's the point of the Labour Party?
The debate in the CWU needs to move on to what alternative forms of political representation postal workers, other trade unionists and the rest of the working class need.
In the face of increasing cuts by managers like Royal Mail, with the government standing squarely behind them, this question is becoming ever more urgent.
In The Socialist 7 October 2009:
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Youth fight for jobs
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