100 postmen and women at Bridgwater delivery office are taking unofficial action over suspension of a colleague


100 postal workers in Somerset have voted to continue an unofficial walkout against allegations of bullying into a second day.

The CWU members took strike action yesterday in protest against the suspension of a postman for an alleged ‘swearing incident’.

Chair of the CWU Bristol and District Branch, Dave Wilshire told UnionNews: “Royal Mail are not talking.

“There is also no effort being made by Royal Mail to deliver mail through use of managers at present.”

Branch officials say a heavy-handed disciplinary policy, which includes Royal Mail posting eight managers to a workplace designed for four, has increased a ‘bullying and harassment culture’.

They also accuse Royal Mail of breaking agreements with the union on daily staffing levels-called ‘lapsing’, training, and annual leave.

The strikers have also called for negotiations on a unilaterally-imposed change in policy on staff hospital visits.

Previously, staff were allowed sufficient paid time off to attend hospital: now they are being forced to go to hospital in their own time. Members say this only increases workers’ worry and stress.

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