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Dundee postal workers' walkout

by Charlie Kimber
Issue No. 2048

Dundee postal workers at the East delivery office walked out this morning in support of a colleague sacked for being ill.

The workers walked out and gathered outside the depot at around 6.30am when they heard a workmate had been dismissed following a serious illness. They stayed out for two hours.

Workers say the man had undergone three serious operations over the past year and had been signed off from work by his doctor.

However, despite having returned to light duties and maintaining he would make a full recovery, his co-workers said management had sacked him “on the balance of probability” he would not return to work fully.

Staff told Dundee’s Evening Telegraph that the actions of the delivery office management were “a disgrace” and “typical of the way the place is run”.

One worker said, “It’s ridiculous the way they treat people.

“Royal Mail tries to give the impression it is a caring and sharing company, but they don’t care at all.

“The guy has had three operations, but said he saw no reason why he should not work for Royal Mail for years to come, but they were not willing to accept that.”

Another worker added, “It is typical of the way things are done in this place just now. It’s no wonder morale is so low.”

Dundee has seen several bitter battles in the recent period. In 2006 a series of official strikes took place at the East delivery office over full-time posts being changed to part-time when they fell vacant. In response to these legal, fully balloted strikes, Royal Mail introduced sanctions against the union.

“It’s been very tense ever since,” a CWU member told Socialist Worker. “No doubt there will be more sanctions after bosses provoked this walkout. But people quite rightly don’t want to surrender to bullying managers.

“We need to sort out nationally the way management are attacking the workforce and the union.”

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Tue 24 Apr 2007, 19:09 BST
Issue No. 2048
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