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Postal workers march to support the Bristol 3

by Charlie Kimber
Issue No. 2113

The Bristol three (centre), with their supporters, protesting on Monday of this week (Pic: Charlie Kimber)

The Bristol three (centre), with their supporters, protesting on Monday of this week (Pic: Charlie Kimber)


Over 300 postal workers and their supporters marched in Bristol on Monday in support of the “Bristol 3” – CWU union members who were sacked after last year’s national strike.

Colin Tucker and Kay Gibbs were sacked after Royal Mail claimed they had banged on the side of a company van crossing their picket line.

Managers said they had CCTV evidence that would prove this, but the CWU says that footage clears those who have been sacked.

Paula Franklin was dismissed for a posting about the strike on a website popular with CWU activists.

In his speech to the rally Dave Ward, the union’s deputy general secretary (postal), revealed that campaigning pressure had forced management to agree that the three could be reinstated – but they would have to accept transfer to Weston-super-Mare. This would involve a daily round trip of 60 miles for them and was unacceptable.

He pledged that the union would keep up full support until justice was achieved.

Union branch delegations from all over Britain joined the march.

The Bristol 3 need full support, as do all those facing attacks by Royal Mail – including Simon Furze in Leicester.

Send messages of solidarity to davidwilshirecwu@btconnect.com

Send messages of solidarity to Simon Furze defendsimoncampaign@googlemail.com


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Tue 5 Aug 2008, 17:37 BST
Issue No. 2113
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