postal service

Postal service - reading guide

From postal worker Paul Petard's 'Don't be an overtime addict' comic.

Libcom.org's reading guide on working life and struggles written by and about workers in the postal service.

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Police arrest Alexandria workers as strikes continue nationwide

Striking postal workers arrested as more than 50,000 employees of the state-owned postal services have been on strike across the country since Sunday, and have begun to be joined by other groups of workers.

Despite official attempts to bring an end to a wave of labor unrest that contributed to the downfall of Hazem al-Beblawi's government, a broad range of Egypt's labor workforce embarked on nationwide strikes on Tuesday.

Scabs! part II: the St. Albert wildcat

This entry is the second part in a two-part story from contributor Phinneas Gage about a wildcat strike by contractors at the Canadian postal service, and continues our coverage of struggles within Canada Post.

Part I

Scabs!: part I

The first part of an account by Phinneas Gage of a wildcat strike by employees of a private mail contractor, and the difficulty the postal worker's union had in going beyond 'bargaining unit unionism'.

Part II

Images from 1970 U.S. postal strike

Pictures from the 2 week wildcat strike at the post office in the U.S. For background on what and why it happened, we recommend these excerpts from Jeremy Brecher's excellent book, Strike!.

U.S. Army report on strikebreaking activities during the 1970 postal strike

A report by the U.S. Army on their strikebreaking activities (delivering the mail, etc.) during the 1970 postal workers strike.

1970 USPS strike: the strike that stunned the country

An article from March 30, 1970 Time Magazine about the nationwide United States Postal Service strike that year.

So invisible were the docile, dependable men in gray until last week that no one noticed that their passions were about to explode into a historic and ominous strike. The first national postal stoppage in U.S.

What happened in Edmonton this week: an appeal for solidarity from a letter carrier in Edmonton

An appeal for solidarity from a letter carrier in Edmonton to other postal workers at Canada Post in response to creeping management disciplinary letters.

This week we have seen hundreds of letter carriers in Edmonton take a stand. They took a stand for health and safety, they took a stand for their ability to provide for those who depend on their income, and they took a stand in defense of a public institution that is under attack.

Background:

How do we fight privatisation?

Some quick thoughts on privatisation and how workers can effectively challenge it.

There two high profile cases of privatisation at the moment. Royal Mail is the one that’s hitting the headlines right now, but the National Health Service is also being sold off piece by piece.

The national US Postal Service wildcat strike, 1970 - Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher's short history of the successful nationwide illegal wildcat strike of American postal workers: the first major strike of federal government workers.