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Unofficial post strike wins reinstatement victory

Issue No. 2313

Royal Mail workers in Bridgwater, Somerset, won a colleague’s reinstatement after a three-day unofficial strike.

Over 100 members of the CWU union walked out of their delivery office on Friday in protest at the suspension of a long-standing postal worker.

He faced disciplinary measures after a “swearing incident”— despite the other worker involved asking for the case to be dropped. But bosses backed down as the solid action continued through the weekend.

Dave Wiltshire, Bristol & District is CWU branch secretary. He said, “Royal Mail can say what it likes but the fact is they would not talk to us about lifting this suspension until the strike went into it’s second day—that’s a fact.

“Our suspended CWU member will return to work today. The tremendous solidarity shown once again by 110 Bridgwater postal workers has, we believe, forced Royal Mail to show some common sense.”

The workers voted to go back to work in a mass meeting. They forced bosses to agree that no one would face disciplinary action for taking part in the unofficial walkout.

There will now be national talks between Royal Mail and the union about the problems with the bosses at the office.

This will include tackling the CWU’s concerns about heavy-handed management, breaking agreements, unagreed cuts in hours, and not allowing hospital appointments.

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Tue 24 Jul 2012, 16:43 BST
Issue No. 2313
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