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Postal workers

Issue No. 1698

Postal workers


POSTAL WORKERS in Wolverhampton walked out on unofficial strike on Tuesday of last week in response to the harsh realities of management's "Way Forward" agreement. Delivery workers and staff in the sorting office forced management to work overnight in an attempt to process the mail.

But no mail was delivered on Tuesday or Wednesday. The demands of the 100 sorting office staff were agreed to early on Wednesday. But they then refused to cross the 120-strong picket line of the delivery staff. All workers returned to work later on after both sections were satisfied their demands had been met.

West London

HUNDREDS OF postal workers employed by Royal Mail in West London walked out on Friday of last week when a CWU union rep was sacked and another disciplined over alleged "wilful delay of the mail". The action began at Hanwell W7 sorting office and spread across the Paddington area as workers refused to handle redirected mail. The walkout ended after management agreed that the dismissal will now go to an appeal tribunal, and that the disciplinary case was limited to a formal warning only.

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Sat 27 May 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1698
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