Royal Mail Centres Out 3.00 Am Today

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Defiant picket line at West London Mail Centre in Paddington last Thursday morning
Defiant picket line at West London Mail Centre in Paddington last Thursday morning

Postal workers at Mail Centres across the UK are taking 24-hour strike action from 3am this morning in the second week of rolling strikes called by the Communication Workers Union over pay, conditions and job cuts.

And CWU Counters Staff will be out from 2.30pm to 6.30pm over plans to close Crown Post Offices and move 75 of them into a franchise with W H Smith.

The CWU Postal Executive was meeting yesterday afternoon to decide the union’s next move against the background of calls to escalate the action.

CWU West London Postal Branch Acting Area Processing Rep. Tony Moss told News Line: ‘We are all out again tomorrow.

‘Hopefully we will be as well supported as we were last week.

‘We need to escalate the action. As I see it, an all out strike is the one thing that will turn things round.

‘A lot of members are frustrated by one-day actions – That’s my message to our NEC today.’

Bob Cullen, Oxford CWU Area Processing Rep added: ‘Our members were pleased that the action has been stepped up.

‘And if management don’t come round the table and negotiate, we think it should be stepped up further.

‘Members are angry over Gordon Brown’s comment last week that pay should be kept down to fight inflation.

‘We should be considering what we do with our political levy.

‘We should use the £800,000 to defend ourselves, not spend it supporting a government that is crucifying us!

‘We’re expecting a 97 per cent turnout tomorrow again, and look forward to winning this fight.’

CWU London Region Press officer Mole Mead said: ‘It’s going very well.

‘Members are determined to see this through, especially after the leaked pensions document.

‘They’re angry at being asked to work longer for less pension and at the way this was kept from them.

‘They don’t think much of the huge bonuses being paid to Royal Mail “pension robbers” like Leighton, Crozier and Alan Cook at Counters.’