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Twenty-four hour post strike in Luton

Issue No. 2054

Postal workers in Luton will strike tomorrow (Wednesday) for 24 hours from 5am after a delivery postal worker was sacked. The worker had a nine year unblemished record when, under time pressure, he momentarily left the keys in his van while performing a collection and the vehicle was stolen.

He was charged with misconduct, dismissed, and lost an appeal.

A CWU union rep told Socialist Worker, “The members felt this was a clear injustice because in some similar cases the worker has not been sacked,. It seems that Royal Mail has changed its policy, but we are not prepared to accept the decision in this case.

“This is an official strike after the members voted overwhelmingly for action in a ballot.”

“The union offered to call off the strike if Royal Mail would give a written guarantee that if an employment tribunal finds our member was wrongfully sacked, then he will be reinstated. But managers refused to agree to this.

“We regret the inconvenience to the public, but we feel we have no other choice.”

Around 150 workers are involved in the strike, which deserves the support of workers everywhere.

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Tue 5 Jun 2007, 19:11 BST
Issue No. 2054
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