Posties plan action on 17 July

Submitted by Newcastle on 9 July, 2009 - 3:20

Postal workers in the CWU post and telecom union will strike in London on 8-10 July over job cuts.

CWU says: “Strike action is spread over three days with a rolling 24 hour set of strikes on Wednesday 8, Thursday 9 and Friday 10 July. Delivery workers will be striking on Wednesday, distribution and logistics staff will be out on Thursday, and mail centres will be striking on Friday”.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, added: “We’ll be holding a national day of action on Friday 17 July which will combine industrial action and demonstrations”.

A CWU activist told Solidarity: “Scores of other offices and mail centres all across the country are requesting industrial action ballots on similar grounds. There’s concern in the union about whether we could pull off a national ballot on action, so at present the national strategy is to encourage more units to hold ballots for action, but strike action will escalate”.

Business minister Peter Mandelson has made a point of signalling that the Government’s retreat on post privatisation does not mean a pro-union stance by blaming CWU for failure to “modernise” and saying no progress is possible “until the CWU’s attitude to change changes... that’s the bottom line”.

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