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Lawrence Smith, who lives at Kitebrook, near Moreton-in-Marsh and delivers in the Bourton-on-the-Water area, feels harshly treated by Royal Mail after missing work time due to two serious accidents
A postman has vowed to fight being sacked after nearly 29 years due to “unsatisfactory attendance”.
Royal Mail has dismissed the 50-year-old just a month away from when he would have clocked up 29 years’ service.
He lives at Kitebrook, near Moreton-in-Marsh, delivers post in the Bourton-on-the-Water area and feels harshly treated after missing work time due to two serious accidents.
They were both in his home - the first in 2018 when sheets of glass in his garage fell onto him, cutting his legs so badly that he had two emergency operations and required about 70 stitches.
Mr Smith said the second mishap happened early last year when he was spraying work shoes with an aerosol can and a nearby candle set its vapour alight - burning his arms and face so badly he had to go to hospital for treatment.
The incidents led to him having 57 days off work.
A third period of 100 days away from his job happened in the second half of last year after he had an operation to have a tendon in his foot realigned after it was damaged in the glass accident.
Mr Smith said he had warned his employer well in advance of the operation that he needed it in order to walk and carry on with his job.
He said he was outraged to receive a letter from the manager at Royal Mail’s Cheltenham office, telling him he was being dismissed because of his “unsatisfactory attendance” and that his last day at work would be April 8.
He said: “It’s ridiculous and disgusting. I find myself being sacked for having a necessary operation that has enabled me to stay working at Royal Mail where I have worked for 29 years, but they still are sacking me for having the time off even when they knew five months in advance that I needed the operation.
“I feel gutted I can be treated this way after this time when the operation was meant to keep me at work.”
He said his appeal against his dismissal was rejected last month.
He said: “It seems it’s three strikes and out. I’ve got Acas on to it now as I’m not having that.
“They don’t seem to give a flying whatsit.
“I had the operation to carry on working. If I hadn’t had it fixed, how would I have carried on? I would have been unable to walk.”
Mr Smith said his customers had been “absolutely horrified” and could not believe that he had been sacked.
A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: “Although we cannot comment on the details of individual cases, we can confirm that the correct procedures were followed in this matter.”