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PO refuse worker entry

Added: (Mon Nov 12 2001)

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12 November 2001

Despite an employment Tribunal ordering the Post Office to reinstate Mick Doherty (who was unfairly dismissed following alleged involvement in football violence at last year’s UEFA Cup Final in Copenhagen) today, Mick was refused entry to Essex Rd Post Office by Post Office managers. These managers declared they would NOT comply with the tribunal’s order, however they would NOT state who had authorised their course of action, given that originally Post Office management had accepted the Tribunal’s order at Mick’s hearing.

Mick (ex N/NW London CWU Branch Chairman), who was accompanied by his CWU Branch Secretary Peter Donaghy, feels these managers are ‘in contempt of court’ by ignoring the Tribunal’s order. He said, “It is inconceivable that a major public sector employer, such as the Post Office, can totally dismiss the order of an Employment Tribunal. Does this mean that all Postal workers have no right to bring their cases through the Employment Tribunal process?”

Peter Donaghy confirmed that his branch would be balloting their membership for industrial action in support of the reinstatement of Mick and his brother Tom (who was also dismissed by the Post Office for similar reasons). CWU HQ will endorse this ballot, tomorrow.

Mick will now consult his legal team (Clyde & Co) regarding the next steps to secure his re-employment at Essex Road Post Office. He has declared that “this is far from over” and he will “fight this to the bitter end – natural justice must prevail!”

For further details contact:

Mick Doherty Tel: 07950 267906

Peter Donaghy Tel: 07947 376471

N/NW London CWU: 0207 239 3477

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