Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/967/26327

From The Socialist newspaper, 18 October 2017

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

Doncaster postal workers' strike, 24.3.17, photo A Tice

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

A Royal Mail worker

"The public has a right to be protected from unsupported disruption being caused by a small proportion of union members and that's exactly what the Trade Union Act will do." That was according to Tory business minister Margot James speaking on the introduction of the Trade Union Act 2016.

But the true nature of the legislation was thrust into the open on 12 October when the judiciary came to the rescue of Royal Mail bosses in defying a democratic strike ballot result.

It was the first national ballot for strike action since the act's introduction. 72,877 Communication Workers Union (CWU) members voted to fight back against Royal Mail's attack on their pension rights and refusal to engage seriously over pay, working hours, future job security and the need to improve the service.

Those members would surely be forgiven for expecting that an 89.1% yes vote, on a 73% turnout, is no "small proportion", especially given that it smashed through the thresholds outlined in the Trade Union Act.

But the Royal Court of Justice ruled in favour of Royal Mail's claim that the full 'external mediation process' hadn't been exhausted, despite around 18 months of negotiations and the company having already informed workers about the changes to pensions.

Plans for a 48-hour strike from 19 October have been "postponed" with the union forced to enter mediation with the company.

The company's motivation - far from wanting to meaningfully engage in mediation - was revealed by a press release stating: "We expect the process to take close to Christmas to be completed, and maybe longer."

Rights

It is now evident that the thresholds in the act are not there to 'protect' the public but are another way of removing workers' right to strike.

And this result shows that bosses can then also rely on the judiciary to bail them out, should the thresholds be met in ballot results.

The anger already felt by members against the actions of the company has been added to by this court decision. Unofficial walkouts are possible and these must be supported by the union leadership.

This is an attack on all workers' right to strike and take action. Unions must recognise the implications of the new trade union laws. Members must pressure their leaders to create mass resistance, demanding TUC-organised support including solidarity action if necessary.

It is important that we fight this weak Tory government. These archaic anti-union laws can be put into the dustbin of history and Royal Mail can be placed into democratic public ownership for the benefit of workers and society.

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


In The Socialist 18 October 2017:


What we think

Tories torn - bin them now


Socialist Party news and analysis

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

Young people being strangled by debts

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

Obesity epidemic: end food market anarchy

What we saw


Socialist Party workplace news

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

PCS ballots members on the pay cap

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

Unite local government sector plans strike ballot

Salford Unison condemns pay cuts


October revolution 1917

Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

October 1917 reviews: 'More bright than any heaven'

October 1917 centenary pull-out and poster


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

Uprising to save the NHS!

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

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea


International socialist news and analysis

Campaign against political repression in Hong Kong


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Powerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future


 

Home   |   The Socialist 18 October 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Royal Mail:

triangleWorkers to reballot for strike action

triangleRoyal Mail court ruling - national reps meeting and solidarity action essential

triangleCWU's right to defend members is on the line

triangleCWU - ground laid for an almighty struggle

triangleHigh Court injunction: solidarity to the CWU - support the posties!

Workers:

triangleBuild independent workers' media with May Day greetings

triangleTrade unions - new decade, new challenges

triangleForeign Office workers' strike

triangleSolidarity with Turkish workers

Strike:

triangleFighting government cuts to sixth form colleges: Picket line at City & Islington sixth form college, London, 12.2.20

triangleUniversity strikers walk out for better pay and pensions

triangleWestex workers win increased pay offer in 11th week of strike

Postal workers:

trianglePosties withdraw goodwill from cruel bosses

triangleDetermined to resist bosses' attacks

Union:

triangleBig Unison south east regional meeting votes for anti-cuts position

Trade union:

triangleLeicester Socialist Party: Fighting austerity & anti-trade union laws

Public ownership:

triangleNationalise the railways: For an integrated public transport system

Solidarity:

triangleBuilding a working-class movement for Tamil rights

Unions:

triangleGrenfell watch: Unions challenge 'mockery of justice'

Press:

triangleSupport the working-class press in 2020

TUC:

triangleNational Shop Stewards Network TUC rally

Government:

triangleTackling climate change: Johnson emits huge quantities of hot air!

CWU:

trianglePost Office workers - The long road to justice

Anti-union laws:

triangleCardiff West Socialist Party: 1972 - How the Tory anti-union laws were defeated

Pay:

triangle20 years of housing failure

Pension:

triangleFrench workers demonstrating in Paris on 16 January; Over 40 days of strike action have taken place against the government's attack on pensions. Photo James Ivens

Pensions:

triangle14 more days of university strikes over pensions, pay and conditions

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

12/2/20

Unison

Big Unison south east regional meeting votes for anti-cuts position

12/2/20

Hackney

Hackney: We don't want homes and retail units working-class people can't afford

12/2/20

Tamil

Building a working-class movement for Tamil rights

12/2/20

May Day

Build independent workers' media with May Day greetings

12/2/20

Birmingham

Support Clive Walder

12/2/20

Strike

Foreign Office workers' strike

12/2/20

East London

East London school strikes against academisation continue

12/2/20

Strike

Westex workers win increased pay offer in 11th week of strike

12/2/20

PCS

PCS union: Uniting the left around a leadership that can win for members

12/2/20

Children

Callous Tory cuts to children's speech therapy in Nottinghamshire

12/2/20

Climate change

Tackling climate change: Johnson emits huge quantities of hot air!

12/2/20

Nottingham

Nottingham: death of vulnerable claimant

12/2/20

DWP

UC stopped without warning

12/2/20

Housing

20 years of housing failure

12/2/20

Socialist

Socialist Sellers

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: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999