7pm, Thursday 9 December
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The UK’s restrictive anti-strike legislation, which requires unions to ballot members individually, by post, and to give significant notice periods to employers prior to ballots and prior to any action, is consciously designed to render strikes less effective and impactful.
Workers in the postal service have retained a tradition of unofficial, “wildcat” strikes which defy this legislation, enabling them to take swift and effective action, for example in defence of victimised colleagues, which often leads to quick wins.
How was this tradition developed, how has it been maintained, and how could it be spread?
Former postal worker and CWU activist Dave Chapple will lead the discussion.