Wide screen devices may view this page better by clicking here

Post Office

spotCampaigns

spotOrganisations

spotArguments for socialism

spotPeople

spotInternational

spotEvents

spotAround the UK


All keywords


All Campaigns subcategories:

Anti-capitalism

Anti-fascist

Anti-racism

Anti-war

Asylum

Black and Asian

Children

CNWP

Corporate crime

Disability

Education

Election campaigns

Environment

EU

Finance

Food

Gender Recognition Act

Health and safety

Health and welfare

Housing

Human Rights

LGBT Pride

Local government

Local services

Low pay

Migration

Nationalisation

New workers party

NHS

Pensions

* Post Office

Poverty

Privatisation

Public Services

Socialism

Socialist

Sport

Stop the slaughter of Tamils

Students

The state

Transport

TUSC

Welfare rights

Women

Workplace and TU campaigns

Youth


Post Office


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 1065, 20 November 2019: Tories out

Search site for keywords: CWU - Royal Mail

CWU - ground laid for an almighty struggle

Royal Mail managers are notorious bullies, photo Paul Mattsson

Royal Mail managers are notorious bullies, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Socialist Party members have been visiting Royal Mail delivery and sorting offices all over the country and getting an excellent response to our leaflets and the Socialist. Below, Ryan Aldred reports on his visit to a Plymouth sorting office.

"Deflated, frustrated and angry." These are the words used by the CWU rep to describe the mood at Plymouth's West Park sorting office after the high court scandalously ruled against the postal workers' tremendous national ballot result.

It was clear that despite the ruling, workers are more than prepared for the struggle against Rico Back and the other Royal Mail bosses. It was only a couple of months prior that the West Park sorting office had taken three days of unofficial strike action against a bullying manager. Not only did they not face prosecution for striking outside the law, but they secured a victory. The manager in question was quickly removed before solidarity action spread to the other depots across the city on the fourth day.

The ground has been laid for an almighty struggle, one which in the immediate weeks before a general election directly poses the question of Royal Mail's renationalisation.


"Solidarity to the CWU after this outrageous decision by the establishment-supporting courts. They have clearly acted to try and prevent strikes during the general election, which could embarrass Boris Johnson. They also want to protect Royal Mail from action during their busiest time of the year. The union smashes the undemocratic voting restrictions in the Tory Trade Union Act and yet still can't take official strike action!

The whole labour and trade union movement must now come to the aid of the CWU and their members. There should be an emergency TUC general council.

We should support whatever action the CWU wants to take to defend union rights and their right to strike. Renationalise Royal Mail. Solidarity to the CWU and the posties!"

Marion Lloyd, Socialist Party, and candidate in PCS general secretary election

Message of support from postal workers and trade unionists in Germany

On 13 November 2019, the High Court banned and declared illegal the planned nationwide strikes by the Royal Mail and its subsidiaries, such as the parcel service.

This was preceded by a historic strike ballot of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), in which 97 per cent of all votes were cast in favour of the strike. In total, 76 percent of the 110,000 colleagues took part in the vote. This shows how angry the workers are. Their working conditions have continuously deteriorated since the IPO of the once state-owned Post Office in 2013. Now the management is threatening to outsource the profitable parcel business.

This is reminiscent of the conflict at Deutsche Post in 2015, when the outsourcing of the parcel service was just prevented. Here, too, major investors such as Black Rock have been pressing companies since their privatisation to pay ever higher dividends on the backs of the workers.

The CWU rightly demands:

We firmly reject the attack on the right of colleagues to strike and their self-determination and strongly condemn the ban on strikes.

In Germany, too, there are repeated attempts to interfere with the right to strike, which we also reject.

Every struggle that gets lost weakens the trade union movement as a whole, no matter in which country it happens.

That is why we reach out our hands to our colleagues across the English Channel - your fight is our fight!

ver.di, District of Berlin, 18 November 2019

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.

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 click here to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation £

 

Your message: 

 






Post Office keywords:

Post Office (82)

Royal Mail (195)

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

Article dated 20 November 2019

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

MEMBER RESOURCES

Pay in Fighting Fund

Pay in paper and book sales

Leaflets

Bulk book orders

New member submission

WHAT'S ON

triangle7 Mar Socialist Party & CWI broadcast: Fighting to end women’s oppression - a socialist and internationalist approach

triangle9 Mar Bristol North Socialist Party: Socialist feminism

triangle9 Mar Caerphilly & RCT Socialist Party: A socialist charter for women in the pandemic

More...


The Socialist, weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party

Subscribespacer|spacerebook / Kindlespacer|spacerPDF versionspacer|spacerText / Printspacer|spacer1123 onlinespacer|spacerBack issuesspacer|spacer Audio files


International Women

International Women's Day rally, Sunday 7th March, 3pm. Click here for Facebook and Zoom links.

What We Stand For
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Platform setting: =

Desktop version