post strikes 2009

Dear Granny Smith - TEFL lesson plan

A lesson plan adapted from the first chapter of the highly recommended book Dear Granny Smith: A Letter from your Postman about strikes, privatisation, and unions at Royal Mail.

When Royal Mail modernisation means a worse service - Roy Mayall

Postal worker Roy Mayall describes the reality of Royal Mail's much-heralded 'modernisation', and the upcoming further 'deregulation' of the postal sector.

Royal Mail deal: a post mortem

After 18 days’ strike action in London in 2009 the Communication Workers’ Union leadership voted for a return to work. As one reader of The Commune explains, the subsequent outcome has demoralised many:

Loopholes - Royal Mail and the union

A Royal Mail worker describes the problems with the union and their motivations in the aftermath of the 2009 strikes.

Privatising the post: too much, too late

Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt details the turbulent history of government attempts to sell off the postal service and how consultants conspired to present public sector looting as sheer imperative.

In the Sorting Office - on the 2009 post strikes

A postman explains Royal mail's "modernisation" programme and how it affects workers and service delivery.

Post strikes suspended: this deal is no deal! Resume action!

Joe Thorne from the Commune examines the CWU's decision to call off postal workers industrial action in order for "negotiations" to occur, and calls for postal workers to take the struggle into their own hands.

Initial impressions: Royal Mail Strike

Reports coming in from picket lines suggest a solid response from postal workers, with near 100% turnout in Bromley By Bow and Nine Elms, London, few in at Bristol and similarly tiny numbers crossing lines at Middlesborough.

A letter from a postman on the 2009 strikes

A Royal Mail worker describes the background to the 2009 national strike vote, including details of how managers have been manipulating the figures to justify cuts.

In detail: national Royal Mail strike

As postal workers vote overwhelmingly for nationwide industrial action, two workers explain the causes of the dispute.