Temporary postalworkers in Edinburgh have been sacked for daring to protest at not getting wages that they were promised. Up to 40 workers had been taken on at the city's Sighthill depot to cope with the Christmas rush.
'We started working on 3 December and we were told our wages would go into our bank accounts on 14 December,' explained one worker. But the money had not materialised by the due date.
'I thought it was just me who hadn't been paid,' explained one worker. 'But when I turned up for my shift I found out it was all the temporary workers. A lot of them are unemployed people who haven't had any money for a fortnight, and to have to go another few days without their wages is ridiculous. Royal Mail offered no real help.'
The workers decided to protest by stopping work. After a 20-minute stoppage Royal Mail managers told the temporary workers to hand in their security badges and leave the depot. Workers are now wondering if they will be paid at all for the days they have worked.
Counter staff in west London post offices were set to strike on Friday in protest at office closures. The staff, employed by Post Office Ltd, work in 13 west London offices. The action comes just before Christmas, on one of the busiest days of the year. The strike is an initial response to management announcing the closure of two branch offices. The management are likely to push for large-scale office closures next year, with the threat of compulsory redundancies. The CWU union plans to build on this week's action with coordinated action across the Greater London area in the new year.