Silent protest staged in support of postie Dave

Protesters gathered at the sorting office in Cupar (pic: George McLuskie)

Protesters gathered at the sorting office in Cupar (pic: George McLuskie)

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A silent protest was held outside Royal Mail’s sorting office in Cupar yesterday (Thursday) morning by supporters of postie Dave Mitchell, who is campaigning to be reinstated.

The 57-year-old, who worked for Royal Mail for 27 years, was dismissed last December after the postal service alleged he was responsible for mail going missing on his round of rural Ceres, Cults, Chance Inn and Craigrothie.

The internal process continued with an appeal in January but this upheld the dismissal and Dave took the matter to an employment tribunal. This found there were insufficient grounds to believe he was guilty and Royal Mail was told to reinstate him but hasn’t done so. A reconsideration of judgement hearing is due next month.

In the meantime Dave, his family and local community have protested about the decision and last Thursday a meeting of the CWU union in Cupar showed the majority of Dave’s colleagues want him back.

CWU Scotland branch secretary Kenny Logan said there is overwhelming support for Dave and action may be taken if he is not reinstated. However, that will depend on the outcome of next month’s hearing.

He said: “The tribunal found Dave should be reinstated but, for whatever reason, Royal Mail hasn’t done so. There was an excellent turn out in Cupar and Dave has the support of colleagues who want to see him back.”

This week, North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins also voiced his support.

He said: “Mr Mitchell has battled for a year and a half to win his claim for unfair dismissal.

“Despite an order for reinstatement being made by the judge, it would seem the Royal Mail is seeking to contest this order.

“While we need to await the final outcome of this hearing, I hope that, should it fail, the Royal Mail would strongly consider re-employing him without further delay.”