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Wildcat strikes win a first class victory for disabled post worker Andrew Mootoo

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2491

Reinstated union member Andrew Mootoo (centre, right)

Reinstated union member Andrew Mootoo (centre, right) (Pic: Billy Morgan)


Postal workers in Bridgwater, Somerset, won a victory against management this week with the return to work of disabled worker Andrew Mootoo on Monday.

The victory comes after a wildcat strike in Andrew’s defence by more than 100 Bridgwater postal workers last November.

Andrew, who is profoundly deaf, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2014.

Bosses kept him on sick leave for so long that his sick pay was stopped, leaving him dependent on benefits.

But last November members of the CWU union at Andrew’s delivery office walked out without an official ballot.

They demanded that bosses negotiate seriously about getting Andrew back to work.

Bosses agreed to negotiate after one day of action.

Parcels

Now, after more than two years on sick leave, Andrew has been given a part time desk-based job scanning undelivered parcels.

Two CWU reps at Bridgwater still face possible disciplinary action for their part in the unofficial walkout.

Bridgwater workers held a meeting at the delivery office gates on Thursday of last week to welcome the news.

Andrew said, “After all this time I didn’t expect, suddenly, to find Royal Mail positive about my return to work.

“I want to say a big thank you to all Bridgwater CWU members who went on strike for me. That was crucial.”

He added, “I am so proud of our militant history here at Bridgwater.”

Andrew’s reinstatement shows that unofficial action gets results.


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Tue 16 Feb 2016, 16:07 GMT
Issue No. 2491
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