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The Socialist 4 October 2007

Support postal workers: decisive action can win

Support postal workers: decisive action can win

"We've had the battle - now this is war!"

Protests make bosses ditch closure plan


Iraq: end the occupation nightmare

Stop the War Coalition (STWC) national demonstration


Tory party fears an autumn election

Banking turmoil continues

Corporate Labour


Come to the NHS demo!

Swansea meeting


Classroom assistants on strike

Supermarket price-fixing scandal

Success! Double whammy for nursery campaign


EU's anti-working class 'reforms'

Fighting nuclear power


Students want to fight back


Che Guevara - revolutionary fighter


Socialism 2007: Ideas for our future

Socialism 2007.net


Burma: Dictatorship under threat


QPR buy-out - Reclaim the game!

It's a free world, a film by Ken Loach

Anno 1701 - Dawn of Discovery


Local government pay offer: It's time for action

Remploy workers win partial victory

Care workers on strike

National Shop Stewards Network makes plans

 
 

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Gloucester Mail Centre

Protests make bosses ditch closure plan

THE COMMUNICATION Workers Union (CWU) campaign to fight plans to close Gloucester Mail Centre has forced Royal Mail to abandon its proposal to move work from Gloucester to Swindon.

Chris Moore, Gloucestershire Socialist Party

As John Ellis (CWU early morning shift rep) says: "Without doubt the aggressive campaign against the closure made a big difference, highlighting that Royal Mail's plans were ridiculous and that their figures just didn't add up."

In June 2006 thousands of postal workers from around the country and protesters marched through Gloucester in a show of force against Royal Mail's plans to save 60 million over 10 years by closing Gloucester and Reading mail centres, moving work to Swindon.

But this management climb-down has met with a cautious welcome from workers because Royal Mail's press release was vague. Gloucester Amalgamated CWU branch secretary Paul Trehearne explains: "We're not moving to Swindon, but Royal Mail's project manager wouldn't confirm or deny that Gloucester mail centre wouldn't go anywhere else. So the campaign continues to push Royal Mail to secure the necessary investment for Gloucester mail centre.'

Royal Mail still plans to close Coventry, Paddington and Reading mail centres, announced last year, but Oxfordshire has now replaced Gloucester on their target list. As Paul Trehearne says: "We know the difficulties that lie ahead for CWU members and activists in Oxfordshire, we offer them our full support and any assistance they require."

Royal Mail have made clear they plan not only the closure of mail centres but the destruction and privatisation of our postal service. The planned CWU strike action is absolutely vital in the battle to defend our public services.

  • Paul Trehearne will be speaking at Gloucester Socialist Party meeting on Thursday 11 October, 7.30pm at the Warehouse, Parliament St (near the docks), Gloucester.

  • In this issue

    Support postal workers: decisive action can win

    "We've had the battle - now this is war!"

    Protests make bosses ditch closure plan


    War and terrorism

    Iraq: end the occupation nightmare

    Stop the War Coalition (STWC) national demonstration


    Editorial and comment

    Tory party fears an autumn election

    Banking turmoil continues

    Corporate Labour


    Socialist Party NHS campaign

    Come to the NHS demo!

    Swansea meeting


    Socialist Party news and analysis

    Classroom assistants on strike

    Supermarket price-fixing scandal

    Success! Double whammy for nursery campaign


    Socialist Party features

    EU's anti-working class 'reforms'

    Fighting nuclear power


    Socialist Students

    Students want to fight back


    Socialist Party feature

    Che Guevara - revolutionary fighter


    Socialist Party events

    Socialism 2007: Ideas for our future

    Socialism 2007.net


    International socialist news and analysis

    Burma: Dictatorship under threat


    Socialist Party reviews and comment

    QPR buy-out - Reclaim the game!

    It's a free world, a film by Ken Loach

    Anno 1701 - Dawn of Discovery


    Socialist Party workplace news

    Local government pay offer: It's time for action

    Remploy workers win partial victory

    Care workers on strike

    National Shop Stewards Network makes plans


     

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