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a statement & "leaflet" by some postal workers

Postal Workers Guide To Action, Now And In The Future

Written for posties, by people in the Small Underground Group of Angry Posties, 1 NOV 2003

We are a small "underground" group of postal workers in the

Southeast. We want to make a brief "address" to our fellow

workers. We don't represent anyone apart from ourselves.

We're not looking for new "members".

Any rumours you hear about who (or where) we are, are

probably untrue. For reasons that will become clear, we

intend to remain anonymous.

We encourage others to publish leaflets in the same way we

are doing.

If you think there's anything worthwhile in what we say,

please circulate this message. (If you do so by email,

don't use work addresses! If you print it out, please only

hand it to people you trust)

If it's called for, we may do further "leaflets" like this.

OUR RESPONSE TO THEIR ATTACKS

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First off, let's make no mistake about two things -

ONE - THE WILDCAT WALKOUTS ARE GREAT. Whatever happens next,

many of us are putting up a fight for dignity. Many aren't

going through any 'official' representative or bureaucratic

machinery. This machinery hasn't exactly enabled a wonderful

defence of our conditions, has it?

TWO - the managers have been cracking the whip for a few

years now, and especially over the past year. And they

PLAN TO CONTINUE to trample all over existing practices.

Some of the thugs they employ as local managers were visibly

upset that there wasn't a "YES" result in the recent ballot.

Weird, huh? But why was it? Answer - it was because they were

itching to rub our faces further into the dirt, sack

"troublemakers", and force those still with jobs to return

with their tails between their legs. To return to conditions

in which the bosses' and managers' gloves would really be off.

Some of them would be happy in the neo-Nazi BNP if they're not

already in it! This is exactly the attitude that senior

managers and Postcomm are encouraging.

So - tearing up the industrial framework WASN'T the result of

their 'interpretation' or 'misinterpretation' of the ballot.

It was what the bastards were PLANNING TO DO ANYWAY, egged on

by the government.

Look at the EVIDENCE GATHERING PROCEDURES document. It didn't

come out of nowhere. The "industrial relations team" to which

the information is being sent, didn't set up its computerised

facilities for collecting all of this information on the spur

of the moment. We are also talking about cooperation between

the Investigation Department, "private" bodies such as

CAPRiM (formerly the Economic League) and Experian, and

"state" bodies including police and MI5.

Already, as senior CWU officials know full well, little

happens in the union environment without bosses being

informed or having the capability of finding out when they

need to.

REALISTIC STRUGGLE - HOW CAN WE ATTACK?

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It may come as a surprise that we talk of realistic struggle.

But the last thing we want to do is bang our heads on brick

walls or encourage anyone else to.

Realism means knowing we are being watched all over the place.

For this reason, MASS MEETINGS ARE NOT A GOOD IDEA.

Realism means spreading the struggle, for sure. And we don't

need anyone's permission. Printing off stickers, however

mild it may sound, is a good idea. It doesn't take long to

print off 100 A4 pages of stickers on a photocopier, e.g.

with slogans such as "SUPPORT STRIKING POSTAL WORKERS", and

stick them up in shopping centres, on bus shelters, outside

other workplaces large and small. Sticking them on postboxes

is an excellent idea - and of course, don't get caught!

Go direct to other workplaces. Picket lines can be

over-romanticised. Their point is 1) to DETER SCABS and

2) to have a PLACE WHERE OTHER WORKING CLASS PEOPLE CAN COME

TO MEET US. When they serve these purposes, fine. When they

don't, well why not go and do something else? When was the

last time anyone won a strike by attrition?

Nor does horn-tooting (although welcome) amount to a great

deal either.

Target workplaces where strikes will cause major disruption,

such as tube stations.

BUT - let's not imagine that there's going to be a large

all-out strike (or for that matter, a short multi-industry

strike), at the end of which the bosses are going to back

down, say sorry for the crackdown, and start reversing it.

They aren't. It's a MYTH to think otherwise. In present

conditions (including with most workers up to their eyeballs

in debt), it's a DANGEROUS myth. Because what would really

happen is a huge amount of information would be gathered and

there would be widespread sackings. The size of the

workforce will be reduced anyway. Let's not pretend

otherwise. But it's better not to get the sack if you want

to get another job or claim benefits.

The answer? DO NOT DO THINGS OPENLY - that's the answer.

Become adept at "night and fog operations"!

LOOKING AHEAD

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There isn't going to be a victorious strike. Sorry, but

there isn't. BUT techniques and types of struggle (and even

organisation) used DURING wildcat strikes can be used

- adapted if necessary - WHEN WE'RE AT WORK too.

In short, let's STRIKE when it suits us, acting on no-one's

say-so but our own, and CONTINUE to fight when we're not

striking too.

SUPERGLUE locks, for example. Just don't break the 11th

commandment! (If you buy the glue in B&Q, try not to wear

your uniform or tell everyone you're a postie - you get the

idea). Even just putting a few matchsticks in a keyhole can

work wonders.

GET YOUR OWN BACK at managers - RILE the bastards so

that they don't know who's doing it. Make their lives a

misery.

DON'T ADMIT TO STUFF. Don't shoot your mouth off. If asked,

when there's an "investigation", say you DON'T KNOW ANYTHING.

PUT UP STICKERS - especially ones that expose, abuse, or

ridicule particularly hated managers.

BE CAREFUL - don't go from a picket line straight to buy

some superglue. If you think you're being watched, it's

because you ARE being watched!

SOMETIMES ACT COMPLETELY OUT OF THE BLUE. In fact, do this

often!

GET READY TO STEP UP ATTACKS IN THE RUN-UP TO CHRISTMAS!

We are advocating the use of RESPONSIBLE "underground"

methods. Don't be an idiot and don't get caught.

Here's one method we've used with success...

Get a sponge and soak it.

Tie it round very tightly with string, to make a

very small ball.

Leave it to dry.

When it's completely dry, take off the string.

It won't expand.

Flush it down a toilet.

It will go several metres down the pipe before it expands.

Very soon the toilet will be unusable, and managers will

have to call a plumber.

Believe us, this WORKS.

Here's another:

Drag powerful magnets across computer screens.

USE YOUR IMAGINATION.

"Build for the future", don't get unrealistically optimistic,

but don't get unrealistically pessimistic either. Conditions

are worsening and will continue to worsen, but that doesn't

mean we can't struggle. We bloody well can struggle. But we

have to adapt our forms of struggle and organisation to the

changed conditions.

Above all, the absolute bottom line -

- let's only discuss with people we trust

- form our own ***** opinions, rather than let the media,

bosses, politicians, union reps, or "professional

militants" do it for us. They've all got forked tongues.

In particular, the media will always, always, always

***** us over.

- you are being watched!

S.U.G.A.P.

a Small Underground Group of Angry Posties, 1 NOV 2003