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Post: Bosses were wrong, strikers were right

Issue No. 1773

Post Office management suffered another humiliating blow last week when an employment tribunal ordered bosses to reinstate sacked worker Mick Doherty and pay him £15,000 compensation.

A tribunal had already found that Mick was unfairly dismissed, and accused bosses of acting 'wholly unreasonably' and applying 'flawed logic to impugn Mr Doherty's reputation and record'.

Mick is the chair of the North/North West London CWU union branch. Together with his brother Tom he was sacked in the summer of last year after allegations of involvement in football violence before the UEFA Cup final in Copenhagen. The tribunal said, 'The overwhelming picture created by the evidence was that Mr Doherty acted in self defence.'

Another tribunal has also found that Tom was unfairly dismissed. A hearing this week was set to decide whether he should be reinstated and if he should receive compensation. Postal workers at the NDO office in north London walked out on strike when the Dohertys were disciplined.

All the main newspapers slated the strikers. 'Brainless' said the Mirror. 'The hooligan strike' said the Daily Mail. None of them has apologised. Leaders of the CWU union repudiated the strike and ordered an immediate return to work.

Sections of Royal Mail management spread the disgusting lie that NDO workers were racists. Now the NDO workers are totally vindicated. They were right to strike and right to say that Mick and Tom had been treated unfairly.

Mick and Tom would have stayed sacked if there had not been a massive union campaign to support them, and rank and file pressure to win. Post Office Counters has now said Mick will return to work on 12 November.

It was alleged at the tribunal that managers targeted Mick because he was a well respected, effective senior trade union representative-although the tribunal did not find that Mick was sacked for union activities. NDO management have recently moved to sack Mark Dolan, the treasurer of N/NW London CWU. The union branch is fighting his case.

For details of Mark's campaign phone 020 7239 3477.

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Sat 3 Nov 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1773
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