Cloudy Sunday

Published on: Mon, 07/10/2013 - 17:59

Cloudy Sunday is the first novella by Mike Kyriazopoulos.

Mike will be well-known to many members and sympathisers of the Alliance for Workers' Liberty, in which he was active until 2007 when he moved to New Zealand and joined the Workers' Party/Fightback, as well as to reps in the Communication Workers' and Public and Commercial Services Unions in which he was also active as a postal worker and civil servant. He began writing Cloudy Sunday earlier this year after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

For a short book of seventy pages, Cloudy Sunday packs a lot of historical and other

Industrial news in brief

Published on: Wed, 02/10/2013 - 12:50

The 20,000 members of Unite working in Higher Education have joined Unison and the University of College Union in balloting for strikes to win better pay.

Unite says its members in HE, who work as technicians, laboratory assistants, facilities management workers, and admin staff, have faced a five-year “pay drought”, and have seen their real pay decline by around 13% since 2008.

A Unite statement said: “The employers have shown a callous disregard when it comes to fair pay treatment for their staff — and now strike action is very much on the cards.”

Train cleaners strike against poverty


Resisting mail sell-off

Published on: Wed, 02/10/2013 - 10:58

The Government has speeded up the sell-off of Royal Mail so that the shares will be sold and trading on the market before the strikes for which the Communication Workers' Union is now balloting can start.

The share offer went out on 27 September, the same day that the CWU ballot started. Applications to buy shares must be in by 8 October. The allocation of shares to buyers will be announced, and some limited trading will start, on 11 October, and then full trading on 15 October.

The CWU ballot closes on 16 October, and the first legal date for strikes will be 23 October.

Dave Chapple, Bristol

Post workers set to strike

Published on: Wed, 25/09/2013 - 10:59

The government has promised that the privatisation of Royal Mail will take place “within weeks”.

Shares in the privatised company will be offered to Royal Mail workers for a minimum spend of £500 (which can top up a free share bundle every worker will receive, with the total shares going to staff amounting to 10% of the business).

The Communication Workers Union (CWU), which organises Royal Mail staff, began balloting its members for strikes on 20 September, with the results due on 3 October. The ballot focuses on a number of ongoing industrial issues, including pay and pensions. In an attempt

Postal workers prepare for national ballot

Published on: Tue, 10/09/2013 - 20:44

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has announced that it will ballot members working for Royal Mail and Parcelforce for strikes from 20 September unless Royal Mail agrees a “legally-binding” deal that guarantees to protect workers’ pay, pensions, and conditions in the event of the privatisation of the service.

The ballot would be due back on 3 October, with strikes expected by 10 October if it returns a yes vote. It would be the first national ballot of CWU’s 125,000 Royal Mail members since 2009.

CWU deputy general secretary Dave Ward said: “We are dealing with a company that is preparing

Bridgwater posties "defiant and definitely undefeated" as strike ends

Published on: Fri, 06/09/2013 - 13:29

After nine days of strike action postal workers at the Royal Mail Delivery Office in Friarn Street, Bridgwater have voted to end their summer-long dispute about oppressive managers and working conditions.

This follows a mass meeting of workers last night where a proposed agreement was endorsed by a 3:1 majority.

Bristol CWU Branch Secretary David Wilshire said:

“Following lengthy and difficult negotiations an agreement has been accepted that places the union back at the centre of all decisions that are made in Royal Mail Bridgwater. Crucially it states that future changes will not be made

Bridgwater posties stay strong

Published on: Mon, 19/08/2013 - 12:16

Bridgwater postal workers show no signs of flagging in their fight against bullying bosses. They concluded their ninth strike day on Monday 19 August, and will seek the green light from their union, the Communication Workers Union (CWU), to launch a week-long strike from 2 September.

The strike has become a beacon for postal workers nationally, as burgeoning local disputes provided momentum for a national fight against the government's planned sell-off of Royal Mail.

Management culture in the postal service has become intolerable for many workers, and is described by union reps as based on

Bridgwater strikes show the way for national dispute

Published on: Tue, 06/08/2013 - 13:01

110 Royal Mail workers at Bridgwater Delivery Office in Somerset are currently in dispute with their local management over issues including management bullying and breaking agreements.

The official dispute has already involved several strikes lasting five days.

A national conference of CWU postal workers reps also voted to call a national ballot for strikes against the privatisation of Royal Mail, no later than September 2013.<

Dave Chapple is the Communication Workers Union (CWU) shop steward in Bridgwater, Branch Chair of Bristol and District CWU, and an editor of Trade Union Solidarity maga

Postal workers strike

Published on: Wed, 17/07/2013 - 11:46

Postal workers in Bridgewater, Somerset struck on Saturday 6 July in a dispute over job cuts and management bullying.

Communication Workers Union (CWU) rep Dave Chapple said the strike was “one of the best we’ve ever had”, with over 100 workers taking part.

Union reps have promised escalation if the dispute is not resolved.

In Peterborough, 170 postal workers held a wildcat strike following the suspension of a union rep.

There was also a strike at a delivery office in Plymouth. The CWU said members are fed up with increasing levels of bullying and harassment from bosses.

The strikes come in

Posties reject pay deal and privatisation

Published on: Wed, 03/07/2013 - 09:15

Royal Mail workers have voted by 99% to demand an above inflation pay rise.

In the same consultation, Communication Workers Union (CWU) members working for Royal Mail returned a 96% majority in opposition to proposed privatisation, and a 92% majority in favour of boycotting mail from private competitors, and a 92% majority in favour of a policy of non-cooperation with company procedures in workplaces where budget cuts have made workload levels impossible to deal with.

With the company’s recent profits are in excess of £400 million, CWU has denounced its latest proposals on pay and conditions

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