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Second walkout for sacked postal worker in Fife

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2487

The previous strike last month

The previous strike last month (Pic: Bill Mair)

Postal workers in Cupar, Fife, walked out in defence of a sacked colleague for the second time yesterday, Monday.

The members of the CWU union are fighting for the reinstatement of sacked postal worker David Mitchell. And CWU officials say the action could spread if bosses refuse to give David his job back.

David was sacked in 2014 after being accused of stealing mail. Bosses say test items which they sent through the delivery system had gone missing.

But searches of David’s van, house and car produced no evidence that David had been stealing. And an employment tribunal has ordered Royal Mail to reinstate David.

But Royal Mail refused. Now David’s workmates are fighting to get his job back, staging a walkout once last month and again yesterday.

And the CWU says it could ballot workers across Scotland if bosses have not agreed to reinstate David by the end of this month.

So far the action has been limited to the 49-strong workforce at the Cupar delivery office.

But the CWU is preparing to ballot the whole of its Scotland No.2 branch. If this goes ahead it could lead to some 3,000 workers striking in other areas of Scotland including Edinburgh.

The ballot could begin early next month.

Scotland No.2 branch secretary Kenny Logan said, “I’m concerned for our members in future tribunals.

“We’re determined to win reinstatement for David. If this doesn’t happen, this could escalate to a branch-wide dispute.”

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