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Oxford postal workers

Issue No. 1907

POSTAL WORKERS at the mail centre in Oxford stopped work briefly last week in protest at the latest turn in the dispute over bullying.

Workers were outraged with the result of an investigation into the case of a young Rastafarian who said he had been attacked. The victim (yes, the victim) was punished with suspended dismissal and compulsory transfer to another office. As he is on a family-friendly duty that recognises his childcare responsibilities, this transfer was really a sacking. The alleged assailants have faced no disciplinary measures yet.

Another investigation found that someone who had accused thugs of bullying was guilty of malicious complaint!

On hearing these results, work stopped for two hours. The stoppage frightened management and won the reversal of the transfer and suspended dismissal. Perhaps management thought they could get away with murder with many union officials away at conference. They got a nasty shock. We will be watching carefully to get justice.

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Sat 26 Jun 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1907
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