Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1140/32734

From The Socialist newspaper, 30 June 2021

Support Gary Clark for CWU executive

'We need to organise a fightback in defence of our members'

Gary Clark, photo Mary Finch, photo Mary Finch

Gary Clark, photo Mary Finch, photo Mary Finch   (Click to enlarge)

Gary Clark is a candidate for the Communication Workers Union's (CWU) national executive and postal executive. Gary has been active in the trade union and socialist movement since 1985. For the last 25 years he has been a member of the CWU as a postal worker in Scotland No 2 branch. He started as a local rep in a distribution office and has been the branch secretary of Scotland No 2 branch for the last four years, one of the larger branches in the UK with over 3,000 members.

I will take the average wage of a postal worker. I believe that to represent postal workers you should live like a postal worker. I'm also campaigning for a 15-an-hour minimum wage. In the last deal we saw a pay rise of 2.1%, but we now need to push for more.

We can't just sit back. A number of members have to claim benefits. With 15 an hour we can take them out of that to live on a decent living wage and not just get by.

Also we must fight for the demand of a 35-hour week. We've seen Royal Mail drag its heels on that one over the years. I am demanding that by next year we move to a 35-hour week.

Another point we should make is the culture in Royal Mail. For many, many years now, postal workers have suffered a bullying culture within Royal Mail under pressure from managers: this has to stop.

We've seen a new CEO come saying he's going to change it. But we've seen all that before with numerous CEOs. Now is the time. Unless we see radical changes we have to fight back and defend our members. And that should include a special meeting being called by the CWU nationally. We have to discuss serious action to protect our members from this culture of bullying.

Political representation is vital. The Corbyn era is over in Labour. Starmer has come in and we have seen public attacks on the CWU by senior Labour Party figures. Now members are asking the question, why are we still supporting Labour? I'm not saying there's not good people in the Labour Party. But let's be clear, the Labour Party is moving back to the days of Blair and no longer represents the interests of ordinary workers and CWU members.

My policy is, we should only support people who support us. That might be people within the Labour Party but also outside.

We should also link up with other trade unionists with a similar viewpoint to us and call a special conference about working-class representation. Because, quite clearly, there's not a political leader inside Westminster, or inside the Scottish Parliament, that actually supports the interests of the people we represent. Let's now have an honest and open debate on that within the CWU and take it into the wider trade union movement.

Royal Mail has recently announced profits of 700 million this year. The vast majority of that is going to be paid out to major shareholders; not the local postie who holds a few shares, but the multinationals. Royal Mail should be renationalised and run under the democratic control of the workers and communities who know the industry inside out. We should take control of it in the interests of the people who we represent and the people who rely on the service.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 30 June 2021:


What we think

NHS after 3 July protests Trade unions must organise serious action


NHS

Fight to save our NHS

Royal London Hospital

Fight the health and care bill

Keep private hands off NHS patient data

We don't want a USA-style healthcare system


Railways

Post-pandemic railway battles loom

East Mids train guards strike


News

Stop the Channel 4 sell-off!

Hopeless Hancock replaced

Millionaires multiply during pandemic

Dalian Atkinson - police found guilty of killing ex-footballer


Biden police reform

Can Biden reform the police?


Workplace news

Socialist candidate wins NIPSA general secretary election

Gateshead: Sacked electricians reinstated

Support Gary Clark for CWU executive

Support Sharon Graham for Unite general secretary

End bullying and victimisation at Oaks Park school

Unite members step up action against bullying Mungo's managers

Sandwell Leisure workers: No to 'fire and rehire'


International

The Israeli working class

German Greens: The image and reality


Campaigns

Protesters halt Nadia's eviction

Brighton: Moulsecoomb strike against academisation

York residents demand land for local community needs

Young Socialists march in London

Pride is a campaign, not a business opportunity


Readers' opinion

TV Review: GB News

Readers' comments


 

Home   |   The Socialist 30 June 2021   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

CWU:

triangleTelecoms workers angry at CWU deal with BT

triangleCWU elections: Vote for a fighting, campaigning, socialist EC member

triangleCWU members' resolve to strike still firm as union enters talks

triangle39 'postmasters' cleared - now clear the rest

triangleCWU BT ballot - time for action now!

Royal Mail:

triangleA day in the life of an agency worker

triangleRoyal mail management forced to make concessions

triangleRoyal Mail: No more behind closed doors talks

triangleStop Royal Mail's profit-driven plans to force postal workers to share vans

Labour:

triangleTower Hamlets Labour backs Tory cuts

triangleTories and Labour fail on child poverty

triangleLabour expulsions confirm need for new mass workers' party

Workers:

triangleIsrael: Hospital ancillary workers' strike suspended

triangleIn brief: News, reports & analysis from the CWI

Union:

triangleYouth Fight for Jobs is officially relaunched

Postal workers:

trianglePostal workers' action results in double victory for union

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

28/7/21

Colleges

Further education set for industrial action over pay

28/7/21

London

Thousands march to Reclaim Pride

28/7/21

Youth Fight for Jobs

Jobs and homes for all

28/7/21

Sheffield

Sheffield Uni UCU fights archaeological dept closure

28/7/21

Workers

Fight Freeports to stop bonfire of workers' rights

28/7/21

East London

East London resident fighting eviction again

28/7/21

Barnsley

Barnsley 'Big Green Space' protest

28/7/21

Jobs

Youth Fight for Jobs is officially relaunched

28/7/21

Socialist

Selling the Socialist

28/7/21

Socialist

Scottish socialist breaks running record

28/7/21

Capitalism

Flood devastation in Europe

28/7/21

Bin workers

Bexley bin workers strike for better pay

23/7/21

Unison

New left NEC meets - Organise the fight back now

22/7/21

Pay

Public sector pay - Prepare for action!

21/7/21

PCS

Government departments move to impose pay cuts

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: [email protected]

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: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999