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Postal workers have been striking due to "bullying and harassment"
Royal Mail has confirmed it is investigating claims of bullying and harassment at Ivybridge delivery office.
Postal workers downed tools on Wednesday, July 17, "due to bullying" in the workplace.
A worker from the Ivybridge office contacted Plymouth Live to say that postmen and women walked out of the office "in support of a colleague" after an incident with management.
Royal Mail has said that it does not tolerate bullying but due to the investigation into the claims, it would not be able to comment further, but confirmed that deliveries had returned to normal.
Martin Walsh, who is from the Communications Workers Union [CWU], posted a statement in support of the workers at the Ivybridge office.
Mr Walsh said that bullying needs to be given a "bigger focus" and that members in "too many offices are being bullied" and that "enough is enough".
He said: "With another office Ivybridge walking out due to bullying we need to give this issue a bigger focus.
"Our members in too many offices are being bullied, whether it is through Royal Mail’s contact strategy, whether it is that the office or individuals are not working in their belief efficiently enough or whether managers are trying to resource by the PDA.
"Any kind of bullying is unacceptable.
"However managers bullying individuals often using their position of authority to target individuals is the worst of all bullying.
"Surely our members deserve to work in an environment free from bullying and from too many managers resourcing to budget rather than what is needed to provide a service which is based on achieving quality standards.
"Enough is enough we need to act now and say to Royal Mail that the bullying of offices and individuals has to stop."
A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “Royal Mail is currently investigating these allegations.
"As the investigations are ongoing, we won’t comment further. All employees have returned to work and mail deliveries are back to normal, with no delay to the mail.
“Bullying and harassment is not tolerated at Royal Mail.
"There are processes and procedures in place for employees to report it if they feel they are being unfairly treated, including a whistleblowing line.”