At 8am on Monday, 27 January, members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will be holding a “gate meeting” outside Royal Mail’s North Road sorting office. The CWU is affiliated to the Labour Party and support from Labour members for postal workers will be appreciated at this meeting.
Postal workers are considering a local ballot for industrial action over Royal Mail’s intention to remove sorting machines from Brighton, as this will result in the loss of all night duties. The same is happening in Worthing, as well as in other offices across the country. Many of us might not choose to work at night but for postal workers this work provides an essential element of their pay.
Further, this action by Royal Mail management is being seen as provocative coming as it does after Royal Mail won a court injunction to force the abandonment of strikes last November – December, when the strike ballot of 110,000 postal workers had voted 97% for national strike action on a 76% turnout – one of the highest votes for industrial action ever.
Now, against a backdrop of a national re-ballot by the CWU, rather than engage in meaningful negotiations, Royal Mail management has declared that they will take executive action, implementing changes across the business. The withdrawal of sorting machines from local offices may just be the start – Royal Mail’s management has a plan which will casualise postal workers’ jobs.
Pavilion Labour opposes zero hour contracts and the casualisation of employment. We ask all Labour members to support our comrades in the CWU outside North Road sorting office at 8am Monday 27 January, and throughout their dispute.