Socialist Worker

Walkout wins sacked post worker his job back

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2391

A post worker in Oxford has won his job back after workmates struck to demand his reinstatement.

Stuart Baker had worked as a postal worker for 34 years when Royal Mail sacked him last May. He was accused of “wilful delay” after some mail got left behind when it was unloaded from a lorry.

“It was a nightmare,” Stuart told Socialist Worker. “I’d lost my pension, everything.

“I’d read about the treatment people faced in other offices and never dreamt it could happen to me”.

After an unsuccessful appeal, Stuart’s workmates at the South Central No.1 branch of the CWU union went into action to get his job back.

Every worker in his office walked out on a one-day strike in September last year to demand his reinstatement.

“I’ve never seen such a solid turnout,” said Stuart. “It really pulled at the heartstrings.”

A desperate Royal Mail agreed that if Stuart won a tribunal he would be reinstated. The union postal branch paid for lawyers.

Paul Garraway is the union rep who was directly involved in the case. He said, “The solid support for the strike showed the strength of feeling.”

Stuart was exonerated at his tribunal at the start of the year. He has now returned to work.

“I got a round of applause when I came back,” he said.

“I have so much praise for the union. I can’t thank them enough.”


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