Postal services in the BS31 area face disruption prior to Christmas after staff announced they would be walking out on Monday 23rd December and Christmas Eve in support of a sacked colleague.
According to the CWU Communications Union, Paul Hollow, a postman at Keynsham Delivery Office, was fired by Royal Mail under the absence process. But his colleagues voted to take strike action as the absences were due to a series of personal tragedies.
In a statement last week, CWU branch secretary Rob Wotherspoon said that this situation was one of the most callous cases he had ever seen. “We believe there are major errors of process here, but more than that, managers have completely failed to apply basic standards of human decency,” he pointed out.
Describing the sacking as “both heartless and brainless,” he continued: “Royal Mail touts its credentials around mental health but this case suggests that unfortunately this is just an exercise in public relations.”