'Stop the bullying or we strike’

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.

Bristol industrial action
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
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 intimidation.

"This is a situation we cannot allow to continue," added Bob.

Ballot timetable:

Ballot papers dispatched: Wednesday 13th November 2012
Ballot closes: Wednesday 21st November 2012

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