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A second Royal Mail office in the Plymouth area has gone on strike due to bullying and harassment claims.
Postal workers from the West Park delivery office downed tools this morning, a week after postmen and women from the Ivybridge office walked out.
Yesterday, Plymouth Live reported how Royal Mail confirmed it is investigating claims of bullying and harassment at Ivybridge delivery office.
Martin Walsh, who is from the Communications Workers Union [CWU], 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".
Residents in the area say that a large group workers have been outside the office on Coombe Park Lane for the majority of the morning.
Pictures show at least 30 uniformed workers outside of the gates.
Plymouth Live has contacted Royal Mail for comment and asked how much the strike will effect mail deliveries.
Investigation into bullying claims at Royal Mail delivery office
Royal Mail provided the following statement in relation to the Ivybridge strike on Wednesday, July 17.
A 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.”
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Ivybridge delivery office went on Wednesday, July 17
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.”