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Brilliant mood during Oxfordshire post strike

Issue No. 2017

Postal workers in Oxfordshire struck on Thursday and Friday of last week and Monday of this week in a battle for justice and fair treatment in the workplace.

Around 120 workers at the Carterton and Witney offices are taking action. They have forced serious concessions from their bosses.

The mood on the picket lines was brilliantly defiant.

Workers have made their own banners, composed a poem and produced leaflets to spread their message that bullying by management is not acceptable in any form.

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 manager 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 suspended and is now facing charges of wilful delay, a sacking offence.

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

Union officials say workers have a strong case to argue at any disciplinary hearings and managers may be moving as a result of the workers’ campaign.

But the battle continues to get clear guarantees about future conduct in the workplace.

The next strike is set for 28 and 29 September if there is no deal.

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Sat 9 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2017
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