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From The Socialist newspaper, 7 October 2009
Cambridge post workers strike
"I HOPE this goes national soon" was the sentiment expressed by one Cambridge postal worker, striking on 29 September. The strike was to do with management pushing through changes to working patterns without having agreed them with the union.
Edd Mustill, Cambridge
There was a sense that, although local strikes are good for morale, the coming national action will be much more effective. Only a dozen or so out of the 240 workers at the office went in, and pickets said they knew that some of these would come out on a national strike.
There was much support for the overwhelming vote of the London region of the CWU postal workers to end funding to the Labour Party.
If bullying and intimidation in the workplace are going on under a Labour government, said one picket, then what's the point of the Labour Party?
The debate in the CWU needs to move on to what alternative forms of political representation postal workers, other trade unionists and the rest of the working class need.
In the face of increasing cuts by managers like Royal Mail, with the government standing squarely behind them, this question is becoming ever more urgent.
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In The Socialist 7 October 2009:
Needed a party for workers, not bosses
War and occupation
Afghanistan stop the war
Afghanistan - Bring the troops home now
Youth fight for jobs
Youth Fight for Jobs
University accommodation scandal: Students must defend rights
University freshers fairs: Students seek out socialism
Socialist Party news and analysis
Wirral anti-cuts victory: 'If you fight, you can win'
Young parents need support, not attacks
Fight for a living wage
Not to Darling's pay freeze
Campaign forces health Trust to save Crowlin House
Workplace news and analysis
An autumn of discontent in South Yorkshire
Leeds council calls for talks with unions
Fighting against outsourcing, defending working conditions at British Telecom
NUT vice president: Elect Martin Powell-Davies
Cambridge post workers strike
North Wales shop stewards network
Socialist Party feature
Social care in crisis
International socialist news and analysis
Ireland: Lisbon Treaty vote is not an endorsement for hated government
Portugal: Voters turn to the left
Foreign aid - chaining the world to capitalism
Fish Tank directed by Andrea Arnold
I speak Fula by Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba
The Socialist 7 October 2009 |
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