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From The Socialist newspaper, 19 March 2009

Rooftop protest wins apology from Royal Mail

In the early hours of Monday 2 March, Burslem postal worker, Paul Dawson, started a rooftop protest at Burslem delivery office. His banner read, "One year on - Still no apology." He was demanding an apology from Royal Mail 17 months after he was wrongly accused of bullying and harassment by Royal Mail bosses.

Paul said, "I am not coming down until I get the apology I am entitled to in writing from a senior manager, as promised after myself and eleven of my colleagues were suspended."

As a result, Burslem depot was brought to a standstill with no mail deliveries taking place. The responsibility for this lies 100% with the vindictive bosses who run Royal Mail.

Paul had been marched out of Burslem delivery office in September 2007, along with 11 other postal workers by security staff brought in by Royal Mail. They were accused of bullying, harassment and intimidation, told that they were suspended and not even to speak to other workmates or enter any Royal Mail premises.

Five weeks of solid strike action of the 100 workers at Burslem depot followed in attempt to get all of the victimised 12 reinstated.

When the 12 were originally suspended they received a written statement from Royal Mail which said: "If you are exonerated by the investigation you will be returned to duty and given an apology."

Paul was later exonerated, along with seven others but had still not received an apology despite returning to work in 2008. This is how Royal Mail bosses treat their staff.

Paul came down from the roof after seven hours when Royal Mail produced the apology that he had demanded. But the fight also goes on to get the jobs back of the other five who have now been sacked by Royal Mail and are continuing their struggle through appeals.

Andy Bentley

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In The Socialist 19 March 2009:

Fight tuition fees: fight for jobs: fight for a future!

Youth march for jobs


Unison witch-hunt

Stop the witch-hunt


International socialist news and analysis

Worldwide protests at killings of Tamils

Rosa Luxemburg - still relevant today

Ireland: Make the rich pay

Tibet: The 1959 uprising


Socialist Party campaigns

The miners were right!

End the 'benefits trap'

Liverpool University: Stop the cuts!

Tube strike ballot

Crisis in the legal aid system


Socialist Party congress

Socialist Party congress reports

Videos of Socialist Party Congress 2009

Perspectives for Britain and the world 2009


Socialist Party election campaign

The European elections and working-class representation

Lessons of the 2004 election

Campaign for a New Workers' Party

CNWP website


Socialist Party workplace news

Strike threat wins job back

Isle of Grain - Low-paying contractor exposed

2.5 bn profit, but BT still announces pay freeze

Rhyl: One-day teachers' strike

Rooftop protest wins apology from Royal Mail

Airwave Solutions: Striking against job cuts

Salford university


 

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