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Postal workers

Issue No. 1730

Nearly 800 workers walked out on 24-hour unofficial strike at Royal Mail's main Nottingham depot in Beeston on Thursday of last week. About 130 workers picketed the depot while managers struggled to deliver a small portion of the more than two million letters that have piled up. The walkout was in response to the sacking of driver Alan McCrackle for taking too much sick leave. It followed the rejection of appeals by two other drivers sacked for the same reason last year.

Around 450 Portsmouth postal workers walked out on strike at the city's main sorting office in Slindon Street on Friday of last week.

Management wants to simply impose new shift arrangements instead of the usual procedure which involves a level of consultation with the workers. 'Consultation seems such a small thing to concede. It's sheer pig-headedness from management,' said one of the pickets on Monday. 'Issues have been building up in the office and people have finally cracked.'

The CWU union is launching a campaign to make the Post Office provide free cycle helmets. This follows the death of six of its members and serious injuries to over 100 last year.

At the moment Royal Mail 'allows' workers to wear helmets they buy themselves.

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Sat 13 Jan 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1730
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