Postal workers' national strikes, 2007

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Mike Harman
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Aug 2 2007 17:14

Wildcat update:
http://www.royalmailchat.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3217&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15

Glasgow mail centre went back in, then came back out again after six drivers suspended for not crossing at Glasgow delivery - who are out on official strike todayanyway. Now they've voted to go back in again this evening after recommendation from high level CWU officials.

Chester is out.

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Chester m/c out from 7 am 020807 All (bar 3) of the morning processing staff, distribution, engineering, romec walked out over the suspension of 3 drivers for not crossing picket lines. m/c expected to shut 24-hour.

Liverpool back in this evening from 7pm apparently.

And extra swappie updates:

http://www.socialist worker.co.uk/art.php?id=12658

http://www.socialist worker.co.uk/article.php?article_id=12665

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Aug 3 2007 16:39

100M undelivered items according to cwu, management says 1.4M

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Aug 3 2007 17:00

Like the SWP and the cops at a demo

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Aug 3 2007 19:12
jef costello wrote:
100M undelivered items according to cwu, management says 1.4M

There were 80m undelivered items up to last Tuesday evening. We've got 78 deliveries in our office (which is small by delivery office standards) and we've got a backlog of 80 thousand letters. Imagine how many must be hanging about in big cities? Royal Mail couldn't lie straight in bed.

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Aug 3 2007 22:53

another wildcat:

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Hartlepool DO walked out today after management intimidation of a worker.

The worker concerned took a photograph of a manager trying to saw through the chain that was keeping the gates locked.

The photograph was taken from the public highway and the incident concerned was also on the public highway.

The rest of the office walked out at approx 8am.

Branch union officials negotiated with management with the following result

No action to be taken against the individual regarding the photograph,
Photographic guidelines to be advised,
Return to work tomorrow.

Because of the details that management have put onto the return to work the depot have agreed that the job will be done by RM rules.

i.e No coming in early
Weighing bags
Taking Meal Break
No Private Cars

Final agreement reached at approx 12:30 pm.

Mike Harman
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Aug 4 2007 07:11
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Joseph K. wrote:
do we know what agencies they're using? i feel a bit of secondary picketing coming on (by non-posties of course officer)

Dev was saying that basically the agency workers are pretty irrelevant. Which seeing as there are now 200 million items of mail undelivered seems pretty likely to be right. Still if it could help build solidarity and it didn't detract from other stuff i reckon it'd be cool.

Reed Employment apparently.

edit: and Manpower

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Aug 4 2007 07:16

sweet, they're not my agency so i can offer to secondary picket, and not get fired cool

edit: can't find any ads in east sussex though, unless they're very obliquely titled

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Aug 4 2007 12:30

They're pretty big mainstream companies. I'm mildly surprised they're putting themselves in line for legal action by using agency in a strike situation, they're usually a bit smarter than that and at least use proxys.

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Aug 4 2007 12:56
Mike Harman wrote:
another wildcat:
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Hartlepool DO walked out today after management intimidation of a worker.

The worker concerned took a photograph of a manager trying to saw through the chain that was keeping the gates locked.

The photograph was taken from the public highway and the incident concerned was also on the public highway.

The rest of the office walked out at approx 8am.

Branch union officials negotiated with management with the following result

No action to be taken against the individual regarding the photograph,
Photographic guidelines to be advised,
Return to work tomorrow.

Because of the details that management have put onto the return to work the depot have agreed that the job will be done by RM rules.

i.e No coming in early
Weighing bags
Taking Meal Break
No Private Cars

Final agreement reached at approx 12:30 pm.

news catch!

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Aug 4 2007 13:52

For reference - wildcat in paisley on 2 Aug:
http://icrenfrewshire.icnetwork.co.uk/pde/news/tm_headline=wildcat-strike-cripples-postal-service&method=full&objectid=19559660&siteid=63858-name_page.html

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Aug 5 2007 22:18

Polish angecy workers went to the pub instead breaking picket lines. grin Bravo, Polska!

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Aug 5 2007 23:33

Royal Mail is a big accident waiting to be realised...
Solidarity from Sweden!

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Aug 6 2007 10:24

more info:
Royal Mail employs 0.7% of the UK population but is responsible for nearly 10% of the UK’s musculoskeletal injuries each year
http://www.cwu.org/default.asp?step=8&CamID=34

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Aug 6 2007 17:57

CWU has called off Crown Post Office action tomorrow, but announced new dates from Friday:

Says it's to demonstrate CWU's willingness to negotiate with Post Office Limited blah blah, I guess it also means it'll be at the same time as Royal Mail strikes.

Quote:

 Friday 10th August from 2:30pm until completion of duties

 Monday 13th August from 2:30pm until completion of duties

 Wednesday 15th August from 3:30pm until completion of duties

http://www.royalmailchat.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3427&highlight=

tony
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Aug 6 2007 19:32
Saii wrote:
They're pretty big mainstream companies. I'm mildly surprised they're putting themselves in line for legal action by using agency in a strike situation, they're usually a bit smarter than that and at least use proxys.

Reeds are subcontracting - the agency staff in my mail centre were sent by First Contract Direct, who were subcontractors to Reeds. The Mail Centre Manager terminated their contract because the staff they sent had not been security vetted (which probably means they were thieving). But he intends to continue using Reeds and their other subcontractors.

Manpower is apparently run by Alan Leighton's wife!!!!

tony
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Aug 6 2007 19:40
swedish postman wrote:
Royal Mail is a big accident waiting to be realised...
Solidarity from Sweden!

Hi Swedish Postman!
Would be good if you could put a message of solidarity on http://royalmailchat.co.uk
Also if you could tell us, on that site, what it's like in the post in Sweden.

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Aug 6 2007 19:57

here's a little song in solidarity. sadly i can't figure out how to embed it on this thing, because html is not working properly in it, and if you simply click this link it won't work, since they don't accept redirection from other urls. so just copy and paste this into your address bar or right-click/option-click to download the file and then it'll come up. if anyone can figure out how to embed this file or otherwise make it easier to access please do!

http://stencilicious.angelfire.com/strike.mp3

lots more songs here:
www.angelfire.com/poetry/ofrevolt

here's the lyrics:
you don't need a union bureaucrat to tell you what to do
take it over for yourselves and run your workplace with your crew
you know that if you got together you would all pull thru
and run it better than the bosses could ever hope to do.
why strike just til the money gods decide to cut you a little slack
when you could strike until you take control and get your whole lives back!
get your labor ready kids, man power's up at bat;
don't let the scabs get past your picket, make a fierce wild cat.
everybody get together
learn to communicate
keep the power in your own hands,
organize and agitate.
because you deserve to make a life, a life with dignity
don't let them make you make them a living almost for free.
no, you don't need a union bureaucrat to tell you what to do
take it over for yourselves and run your workplace with your crew
you know that if you got together you would all pull thru
and run it better than the bosses could ever hope to do.

Mike Harman
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Aug 6 2007 20:26

Some Mail Centres on strike due to cock ups last week which legally barred them from striking:
http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm/content1?catId=1000002&mediaId=51600692

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The impact of official strike action for week commencing Monday 6th August.

Our International hub (HWDC) will be on official strike from 19.00 on Monday 6th August till 19.00 Tuesday 7th August. As a result, Royal Mail’s international services, Airsure, International Signed For and Airmail will be subject to delays.
All Regional Distribution Centres (RDCs) and our Network drivers will be on official strike from 12:00 noon, Tuesday 7th August till 12:00 noon on Wednesday 8th August. There may be limited bulk mail collections but these are likely to be earlier in the day than usual.
The following Mail Centres will be on official strike from 3am Wednesday 8th August until 3am Thursday 9th August: Gatwick, Reading and Dartford. Customers may continue to post items, as usual on this day, but we recommend posting in Post Boxes only. There will be limited business collections in these areas on Wednesday August 8th.
The following Delivery Offices will be on official strike from 3am Wednesday 8th August until 3am Thursday 9th August: Crewe, Portsmouth, Gatwick, Reading, Truro, Swansea and Dartford. We regret that there will be no delivery services in these areas on Wednesday 8th August. Collections will be limited to a single collection from Post Boxes outside of Post Offices, and may be earlier than the normal advertised times.
The situation from Thursday 9th August until Friday 17th August is unclear, but the majority of Mail Centres are very likely to be on strike from 7pm on Thursday 9th August until 7pm on Friday 10th August. We suggest all customers posting mail into a Mail Centre bring their mailings forward wherever possible to avoid the strike.

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Aug 7 2007 00:04

There are loads of posties video on Youtube - this is probably the most online strike in UK history at least, possibly the world?

Lots are here:
http://www.youtube.com/CWUposties

tony
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Aug 7 2007 06:03
John. wrote:
There are loads of posties video on Youtube - this is probably the most online strike in UK history at least, possibly the world?

Lots are here:
http://www.youtube.com/CWUposties

We are Communication Workers[u]. We know how to communicate. smile

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Aug 7 2007 07:48

of course! it's punny smile ... communicate your autonomous revolutionary creativity!

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Aug 7 2007 08:30

admin - repeat post with the same links again deleted - this is starting to look like spamming

Mike Harman
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Aug 7 2007 19:31

wildcat in swindon. No time to write up for news right now, so if anyone else wants to.

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Aug 8 2007 15:10

Just so you guys know your coverage has been circulating on postie lists and forums in Canada too, good job! Solidarity from a Canadian Postie!

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Aug 8 2007 15:14
Mike Harman wrote:
wildcat in swindon. No time to write up for news right now, so if anyone else wants to.

did this earlier, better post so no-one duplicates.

EW - that's good to hear [/smug] so where's the bloody general strike in sypathy then, eh? eh? tongue

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Aug 8 2007 20:42
EdmontonWobbly wrote:
Just so you guys know your coverage has been circulating on postie lists and forums in Canada too, good job! Solidarity from a Canadian Postie!

Hi Edmonton Wobbly!
It would be good if you could put a message of support on www.royalmailchat.co.uk
and if you could say a bit there about whats happening in the Canadian Post Office.
Solidarity!

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Aug 8 2007 20:55
EdmontonWobbly wrote:
Just so you guys know your coverage has been circulating on postie lists and forums in Canada too, good job! Solidarity from a Canadian Postie!

EW, when you say this, do you mean "I've been spamming postie lists and forums with libcom articles, or are you reading stuff that's reposted by others?

Either is great of course, but it's good to know which to avoid overexcitement.

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Aug 9 2007 01:04

Admin - Discussion about protocol moved here
http://libcom.org/forums/feedback-content/protocol-10082007

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Aug 9 2007 16:13

[url=Enter URL here]http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6939140.stm[/url]

Dunno if this came up elsewhere already, but CWU have called the strikes off for talks.

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Aug 9 2007 17:19

oh cock after we just spent £150 printing that bulletin roll eyes

Postal workers don't seem happy:
http://www.royalmailchat.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3562

this needs writing up for news, ideally with some quotes - but i not got time right now

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