AROUND 100 postal workers lobbied the Department for Trade and Industry offices in London last week. They were protesting at the unfairness of the employment tribunal system, and particularly at the way Mick and Tom Doherty have been treated. The brothers worked for the Post Office in north London and were sacked nearly two years ago.
An employment tribunal completely cleared them of the charges, and ordered that they be reinstated. But their employers have refused to let them have their jobs back. This is perfectly legal under the present law, which New Labour has refused to change. The government minister responsible for this area is Alan Johnson, the former leader of the postal workers' CWU union.
Johnson is being touted as the new 'minister for manufacturing' who will defend the interests of trade unionists! Mick Doherty, who was chair of North/North London CWU, said:
'I am immensely disappointed that Alan Johnson has not had the courtesy to respond to any of my correspondence regarding myself and my brother. Has he forgotten where he came from?' London postal workers are preparing to start a strike ballot over the cases.