Wigan's Royal Mail depot staff walk out in support of sacked colleague

Staff from Wigan's Royal Mail sorting office have today staged a sudden industrial action in support of a sacked colleague.

Monday, 22nd October 2018, 10:27 am
Updated Tuesday, 23rd October 2018, 4:26 am
Staff on the impromptu picket line outside the Hallgate sorting office

Employees at the depot in Hallgate have downed tools this morning (Monday, October 22) after arriving at work to discover that a colleague had been dismissed over the weekend.

An overwhelming majority of the employees from the depot have taken part in the action, with virtually no staff left inside the building this morning, it has been reported.

The identity of the employee and the reason for their sacking have not yet been disclosed.

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Union representatives are due to sit down with the sorting office's managerial team today to discuss the situation.

Saf Khan, branch secretary of the CWU for the group covering Wigan, said: "Members at Wigan delivery office this morning unofficially walked out due to the injustice of one of their colleagues being dismissed.

"They feel strongly about backing their colleague up after 36 years of loyal service to the company.

"They feel the company has not taken things into account regarding his conduct.

"We are currently waiting for our senior officials to turn up and then we will try to speak to the senior Royal Mail manager to see if we can resolve this. Whether that is done today or tomorrow only time will tell.

"There is an ongoing appeal process in this case so I cannot say much more."

Wigan Today has asked Royal Mail for comment. More to follow.