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Oxfordshire postal workers postpone strike

Issue No. 2015

Postal workers in Carterton and Witney in Oxfordshire have given management another week to come up with a deal to avoid a strike.

They were to strike on 24, 25 and 29 August following an overwhelming vote for action over management bullying.

However, says CWU rep Bob Cullen, there has been some movement by management after the vote and there is a chance for a resolution.

The strikes are now set for 31 August, 1 September and 4 September if no deal is reached.

At the heart of the dispute is the suspension of a Carterton union health and safety rep for failing to complete his delivery round.

As laid down by procedure, he had informed the manger before he went out that the amount of mail was impossible to deliver.

After finishing his time span he returned the excess mail to the office.

He was then suspended and is now facing charges of wilful delay, a sacking offence.

The workers at Witney have also been suffering from excessive workloads and management bullying.

A group of workers were given suspended dismissals after walking out unofficially over these issues.

It is important that all these issues are resolved.

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Sat 26 Aug 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2015
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