Industrial action intensifies in Burslem

Industrial action is being extended and intensified in Burslem in response to Royal Mail’s continued refusal to allow twelve suspended workers to have their cases heard by an independent appeals panel.

Workers at Burslem delivery office have voted by 79 votes to 2 to extend current industrial action by a further two weeks to 30th January. The CWU will also ballot every branch in the Stoke-on-Trent area for industrial action, affecting a further 1,500 postal workers, in support of the striking postal workers at Burslem. Ballot papers will be going out next week.

Lee Barron, CWU Midlands Regional Secretary, said: “The courage and determination of postal workers at Burslem is exceptional. The vote this week is better than the original ballot for industrial action because workers can clearly see the injustice of the situation.

“All we are asking for is that Royal Mail has this case heard by an independent appeals panel. We have even suggested going to mediation through the TUC or ACAS but Royal Mail are still refusing – what do they have to hide?

“We are keen to resolve this dispute for everyone involved. Concerns over bullying and harassment by managers means that the only fair way that this situation can be resolved is through an independent appeals panel and not the judgement of Royal Mail managers.”

There will be a national march and rally in support of the striking Burslem workers on Saturday 19th January. Marchers will assemble outside Burslem delivery office on Scotia Business Park at 1.30pm and the rally’s speakers will include Billy Hayes , CWU general secretary.