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Unofficial post walkout in north London wins

by Yuri Prasad
Issue No. 2256

Postal workers in Islington, north London, are celebrating after an unofficial walkout last week forced Royal Mail to reinstate a suspended colleague.

Around 90 delivery staff at the N1 sorting office downed tools last Thursday after managers attempted to discipline a long-standing worker, accusing him of “willful delay of the mail”.

Union activists at the office say the incident follows a number of recent provocations.

Royal Mail managers at first tried to take a tough stand against the unofficial strike, but after three hours they gave in and reinstated the suspended worker.

“It’s a complete victory,” said Mark Dolan, a senior CWU union rep in north London.

His comments were echoed by others at the N1 office, which is known as a union stronghold.

“It’s about time we took action,” said one worker. “This has been long overdue,” added another.

  • Talks between Royal Mail and the CWU about job losses in London are continuing. The union won a strike ballot of workers at threatened offices last month. Bosses agreed to extend the notice period on the ballot for further negotiations.
  • Postal workers in Burnley walked out in defence of a suspended colleague last week. They were angry after a worker with a 28-year unblemished record was disciplined after an argument with a customer.

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Tue 14 Jun 2011, 18:17 BST
Issue No. 2256
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