Monday 23 July 2012

Wildcat Post Strike Wins Swift Victory

A two-day wildcat strike by 110 Bridgwater Delivery Office  post workers in Somerset has won the return of a suspended fellow Communications Workers Union (CWU) member.
CWU members had complained of a “heavy-handed” management style at Bridgwater and the suspension of their colleague sparked the walkouts.
An overwhelming majority of workers agreed to return to work this morning on the agreement that the suspended worker is returned to duties immediately, no victimisations of strikers  and that there are national talks on the outstanding major industrial relations issues such as breaking CWU agreements, un-agreed cuts in hours and hospital appointments.
Dave Wilshire, Bristol CWU Branch Secretary, said:
“Royal Mail can say what it likes but the fact is they would not talk to us about lifting this suspension until the strike went into it’s second day: that’s a fact.
This is a major Royal Mail turnaround from last Friday, when it looked like we might be out on strike for a week or more.
Our suspended CWU member will return to work today with the threat of serious disciplinary action removed: the other issues members were on strike about should now be addressed.
The tremendous solidarity shown once again by 110 Bridgwater postal workers has, we believe, forced Royal Mail to show some common sense: we hope this approach continues!”
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