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Belfast postal strike

Issue No. 1986

Over 300 postal workers in Belfast were on unofficial strike on Wednesday morning in protest at management's use of disciplinary procedures.

“The way these regulations are used amounts to bullying and harassment,” a Belfast CWU union member told Socialist Worker.

“Management are ignoring local and national agreements in their haste to get at people they have identified as a problem.”

CWU Belfast branch secretary Eoin Davey said that although the union could not officially support the dispute, had repudiated it and asked workers to return, there was 'a perception' that postal staff in the greater Shankill and other areas were suffering a disproportionately high level of disciplinary complaints and proceedings.

He said that in September the union had called for a full review by an independent body of industrial relations, a demand which had been met in some other areas.

However this had been rejected.

The walkout began on Tuesday morning at the Tomb Street delivery office and then spread to the National Returns Centre and some other functions.. Management said they would not engage in talks until the walkout ended.

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Sat 4 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1986
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