POSTAL WORKERS in Bracknell, Berkshire, have voted for strikes after a postal worker was sacked. George McComb, aged 55, was dismissed last month for allegedly leaving post unattended which was then stolen. He has received huge support form the people he delivers to and his workmates.
George has been a postal worker for 17 years. He said that this January the mail was stolen when he left his bike while he went to deliver mail to around a dozen houses at 7.15am. He had three bags of post weighing around 16 kilograms each stolen from his bike.
CWU local branch rep Chris Bunch said two other postal workers are waiting on disciplinary action regarding similar situations.
The appeals by the two workers sacked from East London Mail Centre were completed last week. The results were expected as Socialist Worker went to press.
'The office is seething over this issue,' says a worker at the centre. 'These dismissals were incredible and outrageous even by the standards which we have come to expect. The issue has dragged on far too long, and it is absolutely essential the two are fully exonerated now.'
SOCIALIST WORKER received this from a postal worker this week: 'I've just completed my first delivery under the new SDD delivery system-almost four hours delivering nine bags of mail and over 30 complaints about how late I was. I've been a postie for over ten years, and have always been proud to be of use to our community. Now I'm going to quit. A once great service and institution died in my area today, and I'll have no part in kicking its corpse.'
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