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Postal dispute round-up

Issue No. 2071

Attacks on the union in Watford

Bosses called in police to attempt to move workers they were disciplining from the Watford mail centre on Friday of last week – a move that could have ended in tragedy.

Union rep Vicky Tomlin, who is eight months pregnant, was among a group of workers who were instructed to do a delivery round despite the fact that they are not employed to do so.

Some 15 workers, including Vicky, refused to do the round, and were taken off pay and told to leave the mail centre. Management called the police after they refused to leave.

'There is a bullying atmosphere being generated by management. During the argument, we advised Vicky to leave,' says CWU branch secretary Alan Walsh.

'A few minutes later, she survived a major car crash on the M1 motorway – and was lucky to escape unhurt.

'Vicky is due to start maternity leave on Friday, yet we have received a letter from management which says Vicky must apply properly if she wants early release from duties!

'In the meantime, some of our reps, including myself, are being taken off facility time as 'punishment' for what bosses are calling unofficial action.'

Solid action hits London

Many of London's postal delivery workers struck on Saturday of last week in a dispute in defence of national and local agreements.

'The action was extremely solid,' says Mark Dolan, area delivery rep for north London.

'We had a massive yes vote for strike action, and people are really angry. We will have to be prepared for further local action if we are to win.'

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