The head of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said in a furious speech that he wants a year of co-ordinated “industrial action.”
Mick Lynch joined the Royal Mail picket line after more than 100,000 members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) voted for strike action over pay.
Lynch told the strikers that “the billionaires, the millionaires, the shareholders and the big corporations” are raking it in whilst workers are suffering and struggling to live and pay their bills.
The RMT chief told the workers, “We need a summer of solidarity, and a spring of solidarity if it needs to go through next year.
“The CWU, Unite, GMB, RMT and the others, we have to call on the entire movement […] to come into this action, to get members motivated and call them to the flag and vote yes for a wave of industrial action across the UK and internationally if that is what it takes, because we need to redress the balance in society.
“And not be dictated to by people from Eton and Harrow, telling us we have to give up our wages and give up our place.
“We are not going to have it.”
The CWU could continue the industrial action for at least six months which would affect Christmas, Black Friday and could last until January 2023.
Dave Ward, general secretary of the CWU, said on Friday, “There can be no doubt that postal workers are completely united in their determination to secure the dignified, proper pay rise they deserve.
“We can’t keep on living in a country where bosses rake in billions in profit while their employees are forced to use food banks.”