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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 February 2015
Disciplined for political comment
A Labour Party leaflet, outlining its policies on the NHS, was delivered to many homes by Royal Mail workers in January. Many politically conscious workers in the CWU postal union questioned the leaflet's content.
It had no reference to Private Finance Initiative (PFI) - implemented by Labour - which contributes heavily to the crippling debts of many NHS institutions.
There was also no apology for Labour's part in privatising NHS Hinchingbrooke, which failed dramatically and highlighted the need for NHS services to remain out of private hands.
Using Twitter, I posted a photo of the leaflet with a comment pointing out that Labour didn't mention PFI.
Labour made an official com-plaint so I became disciplined under Royal Mail's code of conduct!
They swiftly looked at this complaint despite it being of a political, not industrial nature. I have been 'warned' about my conduct and given 'guidance' on the use of social media.
The sick irony is that the person filing the complaint is paid by the Labour Party.
As a member of the CWU, a Labour-affiliated trade union, a political levy is taken from my subs of which large amounts are paid to the Labour Party. So, in effect, I am paying the person who made the complaint that forced me into disciplinary procedures!
I have since written to my CWU branch secretary, asking for my membership (which currently includes the political levy) to be changed to non-levy paying status. Labour supporters are clearly monitoring the comments of genuine socialists - perhaps they are searching for genuine policies on matters such as the NHS!
CWU postal worker and Socialist Party member
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In The Socialist 4 February 2015:
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Get organised and fight back
NHS crisis: Establishment parties can't be trusted
Fracking in trouble, from Lancashire to Lanarkshire!
Death, taxes and energy profits
Hands off our housing benefit!
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Cuba: Capitalist restoration threat accelerates
Greece: Syriza announces anti-austerity policies
Victory of the Marigold gloves
Socialist Party workplace news
Fighting for one London bus pay rate
Strike called off in face of inadequate pay offer
FBU recall conference: escalate pensions action!
Ferry workers win pay and conditions battle
National Gallery workers walk out against privatisation
Lambeth College strikers return to work
Ongoing battle to protect pay and conditions at college
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Londoners march for Homes
Academies victory: one down, four to go!
Rebuilding the student movement in Leicester
Gateshead fights for working class heritage
Election appeal 2015
Campaigns news in brief
Why I joined the Socialist Party
At least we got Labour's fish and chips!
Disciplined for political comment
Miners' strike: vibrant array of support groups
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