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Court clears Paul Turnbull

Issue No. 1889

THE CAMPAIGN to win the reinstatement of sacked Cambridge postal worker Paul Turnbull had a massive boost last week. A court case against him has been discontinued by the prosecution due to lack of evidence. Paul had been charged with using threatening words and/or behaviour as a result of the incident which led to his sacking by Royal Mail.

Now that there is clearly no evidence to sustain a charge, Royal Mail must be pressured to reinstate Paul and withdraw all disciplinary measures. Paul is the area processing rep at Cambridge mail centre. He has worked for the Post Office for 15 years and has a clean conduct record.

Just a few days after Christmas he was summarily dismissed, meaning that his pay was stopped immediately. He was sacked due to an incident near the picket line during the unofficial strikes at the end of last year.

'It is a tremendous relief that I have been cleared,' Paul told Socialist Worker. 'This has been an extremely stressful time. I have always said I'm innocent, and the fact that this did not even go to court shows how weak the prosecution was and how strong my side was. I hope that Royal Mail will now do the right thing and reinstate me. I have an appeal on 5 April with the full backing of my CWU union. But Royal Mail should immediately give me back my job now.'

Postal workers at every level of the union have rallied round Paul. They see his case as an important battle and defending him as part of the wider struggle to maintain the union's strength. Paul has been a union rep for eight years.

He says, 'I hope after I have been cleared that CWU members will keep up the backing across Britain, sign the petition and raise the case in their branches. Anyone interested can obtain the petition by contacting me. I know that this will be a difficult battle, but I am confident that if we stick together then I can get justice and the truth will be revealed.'

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Sat 21 Feb 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1889
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