'Stop the bullying or we strike’
7th November 2012
Bristol could be hit by strike action in the run-up to
Christmas, with around 100 delivery workers preparing to ballot
over accusations that managers are bullying staff.
Local branch secretary Dave Wilshire
explained that the issue centered on problems at the city's
South East Delivery Office and had arisen following the
implementation of a delivery revision "about a year ago.
"It hasn't worked from day one, but management have
stubbornly refused to carry out a proper review," he
explained, adding that, according to the current national
agreements, a post-revision review should be carried out if
requested by the union.
"People have got rounds they just can't complete within
their time and we're getting daily complaints from members
alleging bullying and harassment."
Dave told us that, in his opinion, the situation on the front line of delivery is rapidly becoming as difficult as it was back in 2009, during the period leading up to the last national strike.
Bob Gibson, CWU national officer for
delivery workers, said that the reports from Bristol were part of
what seems to be a growing trend.
"I'm growing increasingly concerned by reports that
have been received which contain accounts of managers attempting to
force increasing workloads onto our members, and then accusing them
of poor performance," he said.
"Some of what I've been hearing from several areas
around the country seems quite sinister in its application and can
only be described as bullying, harassment and downright
"This is a situation we cannot allow to continue," added Bob.
Ballot papers dispatched: Wednesday 13th November
Ballot closes: Wednesday 21st November 2012