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Postal worker sacked as he heads for a war zone

Issue No. 2188

Royal Mail bosses in Wimbledon, south London, have sacked Kevin Tester, a CWU postal workers’ union rep. He is also a part-time soldier awaiting deployment to Afghanistan.

Bosses suspended Kevin after he followed union instructions to log the details of vans carrying casual workers into his office during last year’s dispute.

A strike-breaking driver attempted to wrestle the notepad away from Kevin, grabbing him by the arm. The driver then told police that he had been assaulted.

“My case is due in court next month and I’ve got several witnesses that will back my account of what happened,” Kevin told Socialist Worker.

“But Royal Mail are not prepared to wait for its outcome.

“I’m about to be sent into a warzone but that doesn’t seem to matter to Royal Mail.

“They’ve just seen an opportunity to weaken our union by picking off the reps.”

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Tue 9 Feb 2010, 18:13 GMT
Issue No. 2188
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