Socialist Worker

CWU union rep hospitalised after clash

Issue No. 2069

A clash took place last week between Royal Mail management at the Oxford mail centre and Bob Cullen, a leading CWU union rep, resulting in a complaint to the police.

Police spokesperson Rebecca Webber said, “A man told officers at Cowley police station at 11.10am on Monday of last week he had been assaulted at the Royal Mail sorting office.”

Bob, a 58 year old father of four, was later rushed to hospital with a heart scare.

“I was escorting Steve Gill, our assistant rep – who had just been sacked – out of the building when it happened,” Bob told Socialist Worker.

“His sacking, and that of driver John Doran, are part of the plan to harass the union during our national dispute with Royal Mail.”

“We are now planning to use the national appeals process in order to fight for their jobs. We have a mountain of evidence, and our managers have none. We are very confident that we will win their jobs back.

“We are having a mass meeting to talk about how to respond to these issues on Thursday, and I will be addressing it.”

Postal delivery workers in many parts of London have voted for strike action as part of a local dispute over payments for additional working.

Any strike will affect north, east, south west and south east London.

The dispute centres on the amount of additional hours that can be claimed by workers doing “belateds” – taking on another delivery round in case of absence or sickness.

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