30 January 2012
Former postman takes Royal Mail to tribunal
Alleged bullying and intimidation by bosses has led to a postman taking his former employer to a tribunal on the grounds of unfair dismissal.
William Blight claims he was forced to leave his position as postman in the Dorset village of Corfe Castle - a role he held for 14 years - in March last year after Royal Mail demanded he completed his daily rounds using a trolley rather than a bicycle.
Mr Blight has told a case in Southampton that he informed the organisation - which employs more than 175,000 people and has annual sales in excess of £9.5 billion - this would be impossible because the pavements in the village are too narrow for a trolley.
This change was brought about in 2010 when Royal Mail rolled out a new policy to stop bicycles being used due to the higher volume of parcels being sent by the public.
However, the 42-year-old insisted he could not fulfil this obligation safely and is therefore pursuing a claim for damages.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson