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Fighting against the bullying bosses at Burslem

Issue No. 2090

Attempts by Royal Mail managers at the Burslem delivery office in Stoke on Trent to hamper the CWU union by sacking and disciplining reps is continuing.

Last year management conducted an inquiry into alleged “union bullying” at the office.

Most of the 60 workers questioned responded to the inquiry saying that it was management, not the union that bullied them.

However management used statements from just a few workers to build a case that led to the suspension of 12 workers, including all three union reps – causing a strike that lasted from just before Christmas until the end of January.

In the course of the strike two of the witnesses said that their testimony had been incorrectly recorded, and approached management seeking to have their statements amended.

Rather than accept its error, Royal Mail launched a further “investigation” into how the witnesses came to see their statements and concluded that the union had used them to bully the witnesses.

Now bosses say that this evidence will be used to discipline or sack seven workers later this week.

Lee Barron, the CWU’s Midlands regional secretary, told Socialist Worker, “This is an outrage.

“Instead of investigating the behaviour of its own managers, Royal Mail is attacking the very people that witnesses say are not responsible for bullying.

“We are 110 percent confident that when these cases come before an independent appeal – which, as a result of the strike, they will – they will be thrown out.

“Management do not have a case and they know it.”

Send messages of support to Lee Barron, CWU Midlands regional secretary, 46-48 Summer Lane, Birmingham B19, or email

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