Postal workers' national strikes, 2007

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Mike Harman
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Aug 22 2007 02:04

WSWS on the strikes being called off, although it`s more WSWS on how the SWP are shit. Some interesting tidbits about Billy Hayes though:

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2007/aug2007/post-a21.shtml

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Recently Hayes cemented his rightward evolution by joining the Compass group—an organisation that played a central role in fashioning New Labour and ensured an orderly transition from Blair to Brown. He addressed a Compass meeting in the House of Commons at the height of the postal strikes and publicly embraced the market economy with the words, “We are not spectators of the market, we are participants, and we want the market to serve the consumer not vice versa”.
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Aug 25 2007 16:11
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24 hour Strike Action call for all Romec Engineering and Admin Grades.

Following an overwhelming 12 to 1 yes vote for industrial action, the postal executive have endorsed a 24 hour strike from 6am Friday 31st August 2007 until 6 am Saturday 1st September 2007 for all Romec Engineers and Admin grades.

CWU negotiators held a meeting with management on Tuesday 21st August 2007; unfortunately they were unable to make any clear progress. Romec stated that we would have to make significant progress on the strings attached to the previous offer if they were to make an improved offer. If no movement could be made on the strings then the original offer of 2.5 % is all that is currently available. They also indicated it would be their intention to continue with the introduction of the GPS navigation system by executive action within the next fortnight. Peter Donaghy, Acting Assistant Secretary stated
“Even though our members overwhelmingly agreed to take part in industrial action we were determined to negotiate a final agreement that met with our members aspirations without resorting to taking any forms of industrial action. However, the business declined to make any improvements on their original offer and in-fact are moving ahead with executive action for the GPS Navigational System. Therefore we have no alternate but to endorse industrial action for next Friday.” He continued “We will be more than happy to meet with National Management at any time to try and resolve the out standing issues but we are not prepared to accept a below inflation pay deal for a set of historical strings that could and would be dealt with at a later stage. We would like to thank our members for their continued support and we will continue to communicate with our members at the earliest opportunity.”

Romec are outsourced (?) Royal Mail maintenance. Not sure exactly what they do and don't cover.

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Aug 25 2007 18:12

RoMEC carry out maintainance of Royal Mail property, They install lighting, CCTV, maintain central heating, repair and install pillar boxes, second pouch boxes, cleaning, servicing sorting machines. Along with the catering arm (QUADRANT) they were the first to be privatised after the 1997 election. The cleaner in our office was on the same rate of pay as the postmen/women, but her pay has fallen far behind since privatisation. We also used to have two full-time cleaners in our office, now we have one part-time cleaner. I expect it's a similar picture everywhere else.

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Aug 30 2007 01:11

Bristol delivery office was out on Tuesday - same issue as the previous one covered here: http://libcom.org/news/more-royal-mail-strikes-bristol-16072007

Seems to be the only local action not called off by CWU since the national strikes were suspended.

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Aug 30 2007 22:47

All been quite on the negotiations front, the start of what looks like a decent discussion about possible outcomes here: http://www.royalmailchat.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3967&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

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Aug 31 2007 10:20

Someone on there posted this yesterday:

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I must firstly say that this is not official but will become common knowledge very soon.
Unless there is a dramatic change around in the next few days we will be resuming our strike very soon.
RM are a f***ing shambles and are so divided between their OWN senior managers its hampering us getting a deal. Many senior managers do NOT want a deal and feel its a climbdown even talking to us.
There has been very little progress on the main issues apart from one. This will not come as a surprise but the CWU are not against later starts and there is an agreement in principle pending us getting a National Agreement on all remaining issues.
From what i can gather the s**t will hit the fan next week and until then our Union will maintain the morale high ground and honour the agreement they signed and will still try to get an agreement.
Get the members ready its not looking good.

http://www.royalmailchat.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3980

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Sep 7 2007 14:37

rumour on RMC of a deal reached...
http://www.royalmailchat.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=42978

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Sep 9 2007 12:05

wildcat in Sunderland: http://www.royalmailchat.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4199&highlight=

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Sep 9 2007 20:30

http://www.royalmailchat.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4241

Back on the streets!

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Sep 10 2007 08:38
Forty Twenty wrote:
http://www.royalmailchat.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4241

Back on the streets!

... although this doesn't sound too streety...

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An urgent message from Billy Hayes , General Secretary and Dave Ward , Deputy General Secretary (Postal) wrote:

Dear Colleague,

Talks have concluded this evening (Sunday 9th September) without an agreement being reached.

Royal Mail has stated that the period of calm is over and they will now prepare to run the business and move change forward.

We have told Royal Mail we are prepared to continue the talks and extend the period of calm.

Given the seriousness of the situation the Postal Executive will meet tomorrow (Monday 10th September) to receive a full report and consider the next steps.

A further and more detailed communication will follow.

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Sep 10 2007 18:08

Royal Fail have asked the CWU for further talks.

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Sep 11 2007 16:00

Which have ended without resolution. The CWU leadership are doing their customary 'rabbit in the headlights' routine and are apparently still available for further talks. I suppose it's what anyone would expect really. They're absolutely useless.

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Sep 11 2007 22:19

Burslem (Stoke on Trent) out:
http://www.royalmailchat.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4361

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Sep 12 2007 14:58
Forty Twenty wrote:
Which have ended without resolution. The CWU leadership are doing their customary 'rabbit in the headlights' routine and are apparently still available for further talks. I suppose it's what anyone would expect really. They're absolutely useless.

last i heard they called a special executive meeting for monday at which they decided ... more talks would be nice. not sure what's they're up to now.

anyone know if/when the ballot lapses? doesn't there have to be official action every 28 days or less or something to keep it valid?

Mike Harman
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Sep 12 2007 15:20

That 28 days stuff is a red herring afaik - strikes were suspended.

Rumours on RMC are this:

Strike dates have been set towards the end of September by Hayes/Ward/PEC, but they're keeping them a secret from everyone to catch Royal Mail unawares.

Details of this strike action - one 24 hour strike by everyone, then back to rolling strikes as before, to start around 25th.

I think if they leave it that long there could me more wildcats - already two or more this week.

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Sep 12 2007 15:25

i'm wondering what their game is. can only speculate i suppose but are they hoping for a surge in wildcats to strenghten their negotiating position? ('look bosses, we're losing control of them, you'd better concede something')

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Sep 12 2007 15:41

That seems to be what happened last time.

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Sep 19 2007 23:44

New strike dates:

Friday 5th to Thursday 9th October - two 48 hour strikes.

Timed to coincide with the introduction of latet starts. Plenty of time for them to be called off by then though.

Pay dockings going on in South East London due to 318 working: http://www.royalmailchat.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=48361#48361

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Sep 24 2007 09:35
Mike Harman wrote:
New strike dates:

Friday 5th to Thursday 9th October - two 48 hour strikes.

Timed to coincide with the introduction of latet starts. Plenty of time for them to be called off by then though.

Pay dockings going on in South East London due to 318 working: http://www.royalmailchat.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=48361#48361

Does this mean we shall see the next dispatch soonish?

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Oct 10 2007 08:30

East London out on wildcat. Royal Mail brought in late starts via executive action, they decided to come in at their normal times, were told they wouldn't get paid for the day, and if they cut-off at their usual time would be done for "wilful delay" - so mass walkout. May be happening other areas as well (Liverpool?). Our dispatch postal contact thinks this could be all out unofficial very soon.

Mike Harman
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Oct 10 2007 10:11

East London, Glasgow, Liverpool and Lancaster on wildcats according to Sky News

Mike Harman
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Oct 10 2007 10:12

bottom of page, poll. 75% against, you know what to do:

news.sky.com/skynews/home

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Oct 10 2007 10:43

The poll seems to have disappeared...

...at least I can't see it on the page linked to.

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Oct 10 2007 10:52

bottom left?

Mike Harman
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Oct 10 2007 11:00

Using different browsers works, probably need to clear cookies to vote more than once on the same browser. Counts votes so easy to see if it's working.

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Oct 10 2007 11:37

Man, I've never been on the Sky News site before. The column on the left ACTUALLY goes:
"UK News
Madeleine
World News"
holy shit.

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Oct 10 2007 11:55

where's madeleine? she's selling papers

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Oct 10 2007 12:54

Brown come out against it in PMQs today: http://business.guardian.co.uk/fullspecialreports/story/0,,2187853,00.html

Streatham/SW16 out.

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Oct 10 2007 13:35

Isn't that the third time SW16 has walked on a wildcat since this started?
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Oct 10 2007 13:52
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Isn't that the third time SW16 has walked on a wildcat since this started?

angry Yeah! Don't they know they're infringeing on the individual liberty of the 19119 postal workers who voted against the strike!?

lol - only joking!

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