Royal Mail will not change its health and safety policy regarding it being compulsory for postal service staff to wear cycle helmets on their delivery rounds despite losing an unfair dismissal case against one of its former employees.
David Smith was fired by the organisation - which is regulated by Postcomm, the organisation established under the Postal Services Act 2000 - in May 2009 because he did not wear the protective gear while working.
However, an appeal process launched by the Southport man soon after his departure has now been resolved and has resulted in him being awarded an undisclosed amount of unfair dismissal compensation to cover his loss of earnings, as well as being reinstated into his old role.
Despite this though, Royal Mail has stated that it has agreed with the Communication Workers Union - the group which represented Mr Smith - that its "agreed policy" of making staff wear cycle helmets in order to "protect people from potentially serious or fatal injuries" will not change.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett