Diary of a postal worker: Picket Lines

Saturday 19 July It’s 4am when I drag myself from bed and set off for the picket line at my sorting office. We are striking against management’s use of the discipline procedure to intimidate our branch secretary into toeing their line in negotiations. He refused to be intimidated and, in a flagrant abuse of procedure, was sacked. The dispute is a test of strength for the union. Initially our strike demands included the cases of other individuals unfairly sacked and changes to the ‘attendance procedure’ under which they were sacked. After the first day’s strike management conceded all these...

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