Bridgwater Postal Workers Walk Out
100 postman and women at Bridgwater Royal Mail Delivery Office walked out on unofficial strike this morning.
The Communication Workers Union members claim that Royal Mail are using the Covid 19 crisis as a screen. They claim management are attacking “the strong trade union organisation at the Friarn St office.”
The Union also tell us the action this morning was supported by 100% of the union members at Bridgwater. And this is a workplace where 99.7% of postman and women are union members.
At 12.30 this afternoon CWU members voted to go home for the rest of the day.
The strike will now go into its second day.
This will inevitably hit the postal service in the Bridgwater area.
*Specific grievances listed by the Union include:
1. A manager who has previously twice been removed from Bridgwater DO has been put back in charge.Staff believe this manager’s aggressive and anti-union behaviour make him the worst possible choice, when they just want the support of managers to get out and deliver letters and packets to local people as best they can, with many staff on self-isolation and/or sick, and working with, and supporting, some inexperienced casuals.
2. Staff have been threatened with disciplinary action for “Wilful delay of the mail”, which could lead to dismissal, when all they have done is work to their contracted finishing time.
3. Union activists have been followed around the building by managers who have tried to prevent them talking to members at work.
4. Royal Mail have given notice they wish to rip up all current local agreements with the CWU-agreements that give local postman and women some of the best conditions in the country.
5. The current manager has deliberately tried to provoke trouble by removing the majority of cycles from the office-Bridgwater is the last office in the UK to use them.