Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 2 October 2019

Royal Mail dispute: Workers determined to fight bosses' injustices

Renationalise the industry under democratic workers' control

photo A Tice

photo A Tice   (Click to enlarge)

Robert McArdle, Coventry Communications Workers Union (CWU) member

A showdown between Royal Mail bosses and 120,000 workers is taking place as jobs and conditions come under attack.

Plans to separate Parcelforce workers into a new limited company and rip up agreements with the CWU have rightly angered the whole workforce. Added to this, many postal workers are experiencing harassment and bullying as more pressure is heaped upon their deliveries.

New technology that was meant to improve work life is being used to spy on workers and punish instead.

The CWU 'Four Pillars' agreement, that was signed up to by Royal Mail management in 2017, is now under review, with a real threat to jobs and services, leading to an accelerated 'race to the bottom' on working conditions.

Suddenly, Royal Mail is pleading poverty when it comes to reducing the working week by one hour under the agreement. But it can afford to give millions of pounds to the new chief executive and shareholders!

Faced with the prospect of massive job losses and hard fought gains by trade unionists over the years, CWU members are determined to fight back. Up and down the country, gate meetings have been taking place to secure a massive 'yes' vote in the ballot.

Expressed anger

Rank-and-file CWU members have joined forces to express their anger. Social media has been ablaze with videos and photos as workers display their unity and strength, determined to beat the restrictive Tory anti-trade union laws and tackle the culture of bullying in the workplace.

All the warnings about the dangers of privatising Royal Mail back in 2013 are now beginning to unfold. Driven by the desire to reward shareholders and fat cat bosses - workers are expected to pay the price with gig economy working practices.

Postal workers in the CWU are showing that fighting back and collective strength can win the struggle to defend jobs and working conditions. But only a fully nationalised postal service run in the interests of the many not the few, under democratic workers' control, will lead to safeguarding this national treasure. Delivering a massive yes vote in the CWU ballot is the first step in that process.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation


Your message: 


In The Socialist 2 October 2019:

What we think

Capitalist elite split - fight for a government in the interests of the working class

40 years on: Mandatory reselection more vital for Labour than ever


Is a workers' Brexit deal possible?

Fresher's fairs

Freshers fairs 2019: Students impatient for change and determined to fight


Battered Boris must go... and all the Tories with him!

Nationalisation only way to safeguard jobs and skills at Wrightbus

Labour's mass social housing pledge


Workplace news

Royal Mail dispute: Workers determined to fight bosses' injustices

PCS general secretary election - Support Marion Lloyd

Bromley libraries strikers proved right

Hull: Construction workers' walkout forces employer to back down

Crown Paints dispute - union senior steward speaks out

End low pay - support Salford Royal security workers' action

Karro Foods victory Hull

International socialist news and analysis

Catalonia independence movement two years on

Egypt: Street protests challenge Trump's favourite dictator

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Socialism 2019: An unmissable event

Now is the moment to join the Socialist Party

Financing socialist struggle

Reader's opinion

The Socialist inbox

Active and strong member of Socialist Party reaches 80


Home   |   The Socialist 2 October 2019   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook

Related links:

Royal Mail:

triangleA day in the life of an agency worker

triangleRoyal mail management forced to make concessions

triangleRoyal Mail: No more behind closed doors talks

triangleStop Royal Mail's profit-driven plans to force postal workers to share vans

trianglePosties walk out in Peterborough after manager tests positive


triangleHelp fund a challenge to austerity at the ballot box - donate today!

triangleMass protests in Russia against Putin regime

triangleLow-paid hospital workers strike

triangleBritish Gas engineers continue strike against fire-and-rehire plans


triangleOpenreach and EE: Massive vote for action

trianglePeterborough CWU have massively voted for strike action

triangleFight BT redundancies


triangleUnison NEC elections: United left challenge needed to fight slaughter of jobs and services

trianglePoverty wages: When workers can't afford to self-isolate

Postal workers:

trianglePostal workers' action results in double victory for union

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



Low-paid hospital workers strike



British Gas engineers continue strike against fire-and-rehire plans



Solidarity meeting with Mohamud Hassan



Come to the TUSC local elections conference - 7 February



Sage care workers strike again: Billionaires refuse to pay up



Unison NEC elections: United left challenge needed to fight slaughter of jobs and services



Merseyside: DHL workers at Burton's Biscuits strike against half-baked pay deal and bullying bosses


Fighting Fund

Help fund a challenge to austerity at the ballot box - donate today!



Why I'm leaving Labour and campaigning for TUSC



Councillors in Surrey resign from Labour and look to stand independently



DVLA Covid outbreak: They only care about output and productivity


Waltham Forest

Save Our Square from New Labour gentrification


Martin Powell-Davies

Martin Powell-Davies for NEU DGS: "We need to use our collective strength"



Steel site scaffolders strike for the 'rate of the job'



Rolls-Royce Barnoldswick factory future secured following strike action

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041



Alphabetical listing

January 2021