Royal Mail boss Adam Crozier shouts “cobblers” at those who accuse his managers of trying to force postal workers to work beyond their hours to “get the job done”.
Yet that is exactly what is happening at the Watford mail centre.
Workers at the mail centre have faced a relentless campaign of bullying and harassment from their managers.
Those who follow procedure to complain about it are being told it is they who will be punished.
Around 30 workers, who on Wednesday of last week failed to complete some of their duties within the allotted time, were told that they had taken “unofficial action” and had their wages docked.
Many felt so intimidated by management’s aggressive handling of the issue that they did not feel able to carry on working.
A number then took the union’s advice to follow the agreed policy on bullying – which includes seeing a doctor and contacting the “anti-bullying hotline”.
The next day the workers all received hand delivered letters telling them they were not considered sick, their pay had been stopped, and that Royal Mail was looking to suspend a senior union rep as a result.
No manager is to be questioned over the incident.
Watford CWU would like to thank all those who have enquired about Vicky, the eight-month pregnant shift rep, who two weeks ago was involved in a road accident following a dispute with management.
She is now on maternity leave and feeling much better.
Postal workers at the Burslem delivery office in Stoke are planning to ballot for strike action in a long running dispute that centres on the defence of 12 colleagues, including three union reps, who have been suspended.
Their suspensions followed that of an older worker last year.
He is alleged to have made “remarks” to a manager.
Many union activists believe that management have targeted the office for refusing overtime, and “doing the job properly”.