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Burslem rooftop protest forces management climbdown

Issue No. 2141

Postal workers in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, were celebrating this week after a rooftop protest won a victory over Royal Mail managers.

Paul Dawson caused a furore by climbing up to the roof of the office and protesting for almost seven hours on Monday of this week to demand an apology from Royal Mail managers over his suspension in 2007.

Paul was one of 12 workers suspended amid allegations of bullying, leading to weeks of strike action. Seven of the 12, including Paul, were subsequently reinstated.

The protest ended after Royal Mail’s area manager finally wrote his long-overdue apology.

Delivery workers in Upper Edmonton, north London, have voted to strike this Saturday in response to Royal Mail’s attempts to introduce new 35-hour week contracts for people starting at their office.

The contracts are being imposed without union agreement in contravention of national agreements.

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Tue 3 Mar 2009, 18:33 GMT
Issue No. 2141
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