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Carterton and Witney: "Our unity in action has beaten management bullying"

by Noel Fay, member South Central No1 CWU branch
Issue No. 2021

CWU workers from two delivery offices in West Oxfordshire voted overwhelmingly to end their two-month dispute over allegations of bullying and imbalanced application of national agreements.

Members of the South Central Number One Branch initially staged a series of wildcat strikes before returning a massive mandate in favour of official industrial action.

With the assistance of local union officials, a deal was brokered to address all their concerns, and the office has now returned to a normal working environment.

Delivery officers at both units are delighted with the restoration of normal working conditions. There is high morale.

Although many aspects of the deal remain confidential, the concessions would not have been made without the comradeship of the Carterton and Witney strikers and the intervention of the union.

The South Central Number One branch has organised a hardship fund for the West Oxfordshire dispute. Postal workers from the affected area would like to thank all those who have contributed.

The dispute was a great show of unity and demonstrates what can be achieved when the working man and woman are resolute in their convictions for fair play and justice.

A Witney worker said, “Nobody is waving a victory flag, but we hope the employer will do things differently in the future and value the role of a post worker’s job.”

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Sat 7 Oct 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2021
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