NEARLY 200 postal workers in Peterborough walked out on strike unofficially last week in a dispute over the interpretation of the MTSF (Managing the Surplus Framework) pay and conditions agreement. Workers had just realised the implications of the deal, which was part of the package accepted in a national ballot earlier this year. It means that the seniority principle (that workers who have been in the job longest get first pick of duties) will be abandoned in some cases.
The Peterborough staff, based at the Royal Mail delivery centre in Papyrus Road, Werrington, stopped work when they discovered this. The strike ended after there was clarification over the issue.
SERIOUS disciplinary cases at the East London Delivery Centre are coming to a crucial point. Two workers whose sackings earlier this year caused walkouts at the office start an appeal next Monday. On the same day a disciplinary hearing begins into alleged intimidation on the picket line by Angie Mulcahy, (CWU east London area processing rep) during last year's unofficial strikes.
Angie strongly denies all the charges that have been brought against her, and has 15 witnesses who agree with her account of events. Workers at the East London Mail Centre stopped work and went to the canteen last week when all the toilets in the building went out of operation.
Management initially suggested that work should continue and it would be possible to bus people elsewhere if they wanted to use a toilet! However, they eventually had to agree to send people home with full pay until the problem was fixed.
The new issue of Post Worker, the rank and file paper, is out now. It focuses on the Paul Turnbull dismissal case, the political fund and much more.