Lee Barron, Midlands Regional Secretary of the CWU, has issued the following report on a return to work in Burslem.
At 06.15 this morning [24 January] over 100 members at the Burslem Delivery Office marched back to work following a breakthrough at national level in their dispute with Royal Mail. With heads held high they marched behind the Burslem banner through the gates and into work for the first time in over 5 weeks.
The details of the breakthrough are as follows:
- independent element to all necessary appeals through a direct link to the National Appeals Panel
- no further cases to be brought
- a full independent review into Employee and Industrial Relations at the Burslem Office
- no annual leave deductions
In addition the Delivery Office Manager at the Office when the strike began is no longer in Burslem.
The above represents enough progress for the membership to return to work, they began the strike to get an independent process to look into the cases; we have secured that with the NAP.
This is a milestone on the road to justice that Burslem, the Branch and the Region are determined to achieve. If Royal Mail go back on any of the assurances they have given to the DGS then the Burslem strike will be back on. The courage the membership has shown throughout has been unequalled in the CWU, notice given to take the strike to 8 weeks had been agreed leading this to potentially become the longest strike in our history has forced Royal Mail to open the doors to transparency and allow an independent look into how it has corruptly handled these cases.
We remain stead fast in our determination for justice, your support along the way has helped us achieve a breakthrough – united we stand, together we will win.
I will keep you updated as events occur.
Lee Barron - Midlands Regional Secretary