Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/320/9663

From The Socialist newspaper, 25 October 2003

CWU Leaders Welcome Joint Union Action

ON 16 October, London members of postal union CWU and of local government union UNISON both came out on strike and demonstrated for better London weighting.
CWU general secretary BILLY HAYES spoke to Ken Smith at the union's lobby of the Department of Trade and Industry.

"I think today's action has been magnificent. We've seen tremendous solidarity where workers with different claims have come together on the same central point - in the Post Office, BT and UNISON members in local government.

"Workers in London are united in seeking to ensure that they enjoy at least the same standard of living as workers outside the capital. This is a historic day; we've seen a degree of unity in action that we haven't seen in many years.

"I think the more that workers can join together in joint activity on London weighting of whatever form is only for the good. I think we are seeing the germ of an idea here today and workers will draw lessons that next time we need to be more organised in terms of what's taking place.

"We want to see the government and Labour Party representing working people and not representing the directors. We want to see workers' interests brought to the forefront and we intend to call the government to account."

"I think we are seeing a recovery of the trade unions. We've taken a hit in recent years but we're on our way back and I'm sure today's action can be built upon.

"Management have just paid a 7.2 million fine for poor quality of service. A third of all mail goes through London. The cost of our claim is an additional 10 million, so the situation is simple - they will continue to have poor quality of service while they continue to fail to invest in the workforce."

Later, CWU deputy general secretary, Dave Ward tackled the question of the union's links with the Labour Party.

"The Labour government is backing Royal Mail management 100% - it's a disgrace. Some people say that the Labour Party is different to the Labour government but it's getting harder to see the difference. I think we should have a new policy on our relationship with the Labour Party and the Labour government.

"We should go round all our members and ask how much they want to pay Labour. I think if we had a whip round of the CWU's 200,000 members we'd get 5. Then we should give it to Labour and tell them that's our affiliation fee, and if they reject it we should tell them that they have disaffiliated from us."


Walkout in Gateshead

POSTAL WORKERS from the Lowfell depot in Gateshead walked out in unofficial action on 16 October.

Elaine Brunskill

The walkout is an indication of the discontent felt by many post office staff.

One of the strikers explained that they were bitterly disappointed that they recently lost the ballot for strike action.

The walk out at the Lowfell office was about a manager who had been parachuted in, over someone who had been there longer and who 'deserved seniority'.

But this wasn't the only issue. Hours have been changed, single delivery has been introduced and work has been taken away from part-timers and forced on to full-time staff.

There is also anger that the top bosses have been given bonuses worth thousands, while ordinary postal workers are paid only 260 before tax.

Another of the workers said: "The only thing we can do to stop all this is to withdraw our labour. Last week postal workers from Oxford, Cambridge and Hamilton walked out - all over different issues.

"In order to get the first class mail out whilst we were on strike, every manager from the North East was brought in as scab labour. If they can pull out all these managers it shows the importance of the work they usually do!"

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 25 October 2003:

Safety Not Profit: End Privatisation

London Underground: How Workers Made The Bosses Listen

Postal Workers Victory: Defend the right to have an effective trade union

CWU Leaders Welcome Joint Union Action

Postal workers determined to fight

Fight Fees Education not occupation

Fighting For Free Education

"Proud, Unrepentant, Defiant And More Determined": Joe and Clare after their release from Mountjoy prison

Defend school students' right to strike

Come To ISR Conference

Germany in Crisis: 'This Policy Deserves No Applause - But Resistance'

Time to Put Forward a Socialist Alternative

Michael Moore: 'Dude, Where's My Country?'


 

Home   |   The Socialist 25 October 2003   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

CWU:

triangleWorkers' anger increases after Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleCWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangleSet for national strike action

triangleCWU strike ballot to win 'Four Pillars'

Gateshead:

triangleHuge crowd turns out to hear Jeremy Corbyn

triangleSolid strike across the rail network against unsafe driver-only operation

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleStruggling to care against a backcloth of cuts

London:

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

triangleNo cuts - hands off King George A&E!

triangleTories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

Unison:

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

triangleThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

Local government:

triangleDemand for no-cuts budget grows

Strike:

triangleStriking back against the sackers' charter at Leeds University

Labour:

triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

Labour Party:

triangleTories torn - bin them now

Postal workers:

triangleDoncaster: snap strike by posties pushes bully bosses back

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against the sackers' charter at Leeds University

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Workers' anger increases after Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

PCS

PCS ballots members to send message to government: scrap the pay cap

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

18/10/17

Local government

Unite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle19 Oct Waltham Forest Young Socialists: Deaths in police custody

triangle19 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Spanish revolution 1936-37

triangle19 Oct Cardiff East Socialist Party: Is equality for women possible under capitalism?

triangle19 Oct Wirral Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian Revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2