Middlesbrough's postal workers took unofficial strike action today, walking out in defiance of management's attempts to crush union strength. The militant action was prompted by bosses drafting in scores of managers to 'supervise' workers.
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There's been action already by postal workers, in a number of parts of the country, in response to threats of redundancies or attacks on working conditions. There's also a political dimension to the dispute, as many in the Communication Workers Union (CWU) ask why the union should fund the Labour Party, when a Labour government supports attacks on its members.