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CWU members are being suspended for taking action

Issue No. 2064

During the dispute Royal Mail management have victimised a number of workers. They actively encouraged scab workers to put in complaints against union activists.

A post worker in Nottingham reports, “Over the last few weeks two postal workers have been sacked in the North Postal Delivery Office and a further four conduct cases are ongoing.

“Workers are outraged by local managers’ decision to sack CWU members during the current national dispute. They have vented their anger at management by refusing to perform overtime.

“This has caused problems as Royal Mail have drafted in extra managers to perform deliveries.

“We have conduct code agreements but management have sent a clear message to all postal workers – you are in a dispute and we are going make sure we cause you misery.”

On Monday 16 July Royal Mail suspended Steve Gill, the area processing rep for Oxford mail centre, and escorted him off the premises.

He had been interviewed and asked only two questions – “Were you working on the 7 July?” and, “Were you doing your collection in Watlington?” He remains suspended.

In Leicestershire a leading rep in a delivery office was suspended for swearing at a scab who had attempted to drive his vehicle into the picket line.

The following day the rep was marched into his manager’s office and, when he refused to talk until a union rep had arrived, was summarily suspended.

Throughout the dispute workers have shown that unofficial action can stop victimisation, suspension and attempts to dock pay.

It should be a demand of the negotiations that all disciplinaries and suspensions stemming from the dispute should be lifted.

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