The possibility of a post strike across the Bristol area took a step forward as the CWU union stepped up its campaign for the reinstatement of three workers who were sacked for alleged incidents relating to last year’s national dispute.
Dave Wilshire, Bristol CWU branch secretary, told Socialist Worker that gate meetings are being held at all units in the Bristol area to campaign for the reinstatement of the “Bristol Three” – Kay Gibbs, Colin Tucker and Paula Franklin.
He said, “Royal Mail has chosen to back the decisions of its managers, despite that fact that there are massive discrepancies in each of the three cases. We will be campaigning in the lead up to the first employment tribunal on Thursday 7 August with the message that Royal Mail must agree to abide and reinstate our members if this is ordered.
“The campaign will culminate in a march and rally through Bristol in early August. Should Royal Mail not agree to our sensible request then a strike ballot of all CWU members across the Bristol branch will be held.”