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Last 'Bristol 3' postal worker wins reinstatement

Issue No. 2121

Kay Gibbs, the last of the “Bristol 3” – three CWU union members who were sacked after last year’s national postal workers’ strike – has been reinstated.

Following an impressive campaign, Royal Mail managers had previously agreed that two of the three would return to work at offices near to where they live.

Kay has accepted a job offer in the Bedminster delivery office.

Kay’s case was due to go before an Employment Tribunal on Monday of this week but early on Saturday morning Royal Mail made the revised offer to Kay through the company solicitors.

Kay has always maintained her innocence and is delighted that she will be able to continue doing the job that she has done so well for 15 years.

David Wilshire, CWU branch secretary, said, “This whole case has taken nearly a year to resolve. It is bizarre that it has taken the threat of an Employment Tribunal to make Royal Mail see sense about a case they were never going to win.”

David added that Royal Mail now need to take a long hard look at the way this case has been conducted. “If it is truly serious about dignity and respect at work, it might bring to account the managers responsible for this whole charade,” he said.

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Tue 30 Sep 2008, 17:58 BST
Issue No. 2121
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