Socialist Party
| Print

13 October 2009

Defend jobs, no to increased workloads

Victory to postal workers

In a national ballot, 76% of postal workers have voted to strike. This is whilst hundreds of local strikes continue throughout Britain, from the Isle of Wight to the highlands of Scotland. These strikes are a result of the most sustained attack on postal workers for decades.

Bill Mullins

This flows from the unsatisfactory outcome of the last national strike in 2007, against management's imposition of new working arrangements and low pay.

Postal workers now are fighting against the same thing. But with the added twist that Royal Mail management, with the full backing of the Labour government, are out to break the CWU as a fighting union.

In 2007 the strikes ended with a deal where the union allowed the bosses to begin the process of 'modernisation'. But this gave the bosses the opportunity to impose more and more work on fewer and fewer shoulders.

As we go to press, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have announced that they are not taking a decision about strike action until 15 October. The union leadership is obviously worried by Royal Mail's threats of legal action if they call for a national strike.

But it would be fatal for a leadership to vacillate at this time. What is required to defeat the bosses is decisive action.

A 24 hour national strike of all the CWU members who work for Royal Mail is the way forward now. If the union is challenged in the courts then they should defy the law and call upon the whole trade union movement to support the CWU - not only in their fight against the bosses but also the anti-trade union laws.

Mandelson in the Labour cabinet has been encouraging the bosses to smash the union. He was frustrated that his plans for privatisation earlier this year failed.

But what we have now is all the worst aspects of a privatised Royal Mail anyway.

The post bosses want to make the industry attractive to the private profiteers. What stands in their way is the CWU with its layer of activists.

It is not an accident that the management has singled out the activists for attack.

The union leadership has a duty to ensure that, with the backing of the members, they take the fight to the employer. The CWU should call for maximum unity of all unions against the government proposed cuts in jobs and pay in the public sector.

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube


triangle18 Jul 'Vote Leave' fined: For a workers' Brexit

triangle17 Jul Victory for Swansea postal workers against management victimisation

triangle16 Jul 250,000-strong human tide sweeps London against visit of bigoted...

triangle16 Jul Confronting the FLA pro-Trump demo - build a workers movement to...

triangle13 Jul School students protest and walk out against Trump

triangle11 Jul NSSN conference 2018: Mood for fighting action and coordination

triangle10 Jul Tories in crisis - Act now to get them out!

More ...


triangle24 Jul Liverpool Socialist Party: The Prague Spring 1968, 50 years on

triangle24 Jul London Young Socialists: Fight Trumpism, Fight Racism

triangle24 Jul Birmingham South East Socialist Party: Is globalisation working?

triangle24 Jul Cardiff West Socialist Party: A day in the life of a retail worker


Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777


Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551


What we Stand For

About the Socialist Party

Our 2015 election manifesto

Joining the Socialist Party - what will it mean for you


Alphabetical listing

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018