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Strikes to defend Andrew Mootoo force concessions from Royal Mail bosses

Issue No. 2484

Royal Mail bosses in Bridgwater, Somerset, have moved towards reinstating a disabled worker kept on sick leave.

It follows an unofficial strike last month.

Over 100 post workers walked out in November in defence of Andrew Mootoo.

Royal Mail bosses kept Andrew on sick leave for so long after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) that his pay was stopped.

But members of the CWU union struck unofficially to demand that bosses negotiate seriously about getting Andrew back to work.

He has now been offered a part time position working indoors.

Bridgwater CWU rep Dave Chapple said, “As a direct result of our strike, Royal Mail have now agreed a completely fresh attempt to work with the CWU and give Andrew a part time indoor job in Bridgwater.

“We have not got reinstatement yet, but for the first time in a year the employer is now taking us seriously.”

He added, “I am still humbled by over 100 post workers giving up a day’s pay to defend a profoundly deaf colleague with MS.”

This shows unofficial action gets results.


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