Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/25118

Posted on 24 March 2017 at 15:27 GMT

Doncaster postal workers' strike, 24.3.17, photo by A Tice

Doncaster postal workers' strike, 24.3.17, photo by A Tice   (Click to enlarge)

Doncaster: snap strike by posties pushes bully bosses back

Alistair Tice

"Yesterday we were under their spell, today they're under ours. We've taken the power back". That's how James, one of the Doncaster CWU union reps, described the effect of the unofficial walk-out by 300 postal workers from the Doncaster Royal Mail Delivery Centre today.

The unofficial strike (so much for the Tories' new anti-union laws) was against management bullying which has got even worse recently.

The final straw was when a colleague with 28 years' service, who is off work sick with stress, was sacked over the phone: "Have you got a pen and paper ready because I'm finishing you and letting you know how much you'll get under ill health retirement. This is your last day of service".

240 postal delivery staff walked out this morning and were joined later by up to 70 distribution and collection staff. More than one worker said that they had seen grown men cry as a result of management bullying and this was the third unwarranted dismissal recently.

This bullying management culture is a direct result of privatisation, profit first and piling more and more work onto posties. Over 3,300 shares of just one Facebook post about the strike shows how widespread such bullying is both within Royal Mail and beyond.

Here's one comment "This is fabulous news. That management team has made my son ill. He's off work with stress cos of bullying and harassment at that place ..."

By early afternoon, Royal Mail's higher up management had caved. An external investigation will take place into the conduct of certain managers at Doncaster mail centre as well as into workloads and other grievances. At the gate meeting, strikers gave a two weeks ultimatum for Royal Mail to move these managers or else they'll be back out on strike. And after today, the bosses know that they will strike again.


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 24 March 2017 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.

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






Related links:

Doncaster:

triangleJoin the fight to defend women's lives

triangleWomen's Lives Matter launched in Leeds to fight domestic violence service cuts

triangleMary Jackson: funeral and memorial meeting

triangleYorkshire Socialist Party regional conference

triangleDefend Louise Harrison - save Yorkshire women's services!

Workers:

triangleManchester Deliveroo strike, 14.2.19, photo Tom Costello

triangleWorkplace and union news in brief

triangleNew pamphlet: 1919 - Red Flag over the Clyde

triangleBacking for the Birmingham homecarers

Postal workers:

triangleHamilton posties walk out against bullying

triangleVictory for postal workers against management victimisation

triangleSwansea postal workers strike to defend colleague

Bullying:

triangleRacist attack in Huddersfield

trianglePhilip Green scandal - bring him down like BHS

Strike:

triangleTen years since Lindsey strike: when militant action stopped the 'race to the bottom'

Royal Mail:

triangleUse TUC march as launch pad for action on pay

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

15/2/19

Climate change

Youth strike for the climate: "There's no planet B"

13/2/19

Turkey

'Spot' conference opposes authoritarianism in Turkey

13/2/19

Liverpool

Liverpool: 200 march to commemorate Robert Tressell

13/2/19

Nottingham

300 turn out for Corbyn in Nottingham marginal

13/2/19

Socialist Party

Why I joined: "why is their life so different from mine?"

13/2/19

Tamil Solidarity

Arrest Brigadier Fernando - defend the right to protest

13/2/19

Newham

Newham: women's refuge funds halved - Labour must use the 500m reserves

13/2/19

Southampton

Southampton: Labour plans 15m cuts - vote Socialist in Coxford by-election

13/2/19

Union

Workplace and union news in brief

13/2/19

Enfield

Enfield: striking against academisation - fighting for a no-cuts budget

13/2/19

Leicester

Leicester college workers refuse to accept cut in terms and conditions

13/2/19

Glasgow

Glasgow: nationalise the threatened 'Caley' railway depot

13/2/19

PCS

Fight for a socialist-led PCS - fight to win the national pay campaign

13/2/19

RMT

Heroic RMT guards beat back Northern rail in fight against dangerous driver-only operation

13/2/19

Birmingham

Victory to Birmingham bin workers

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


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

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

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

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999