06 Mar 2007, 21:58
Postal workers at the Beeston mail centre in Nottingham walked out spontaneously and unofficially last week.
The action was triggered when a worker, who was off sick, was called in by managers to face questioning. He duly came in â€“ and collapsed on work premises.
Many of his colleagues believe that the stress of being asked to come in had contributed greatly to his collapse.
Word got round the several hundred strong workforce and there was a meeting in the Âcanteen. It decided, with only 20 or 30 against, to walk out of the depot there and then.
Work stopped at 3.15am on Tuesday morning.
Post across the entire greater Nottingham area was disrupted and, when the day shift came in, management had to scurry around to smooth things over.
Simon Edmonds, secretary of Nottingham and district branch of the CWU union, told Socialist Worker, â€œThis absence management policy needs to be withdrawn.
â€œThere should be reasonable levels of contact with people who are off sick â€“ not this draconian and mechanistic approach.â€