Posties balloted over strike action in support of sacked colleague

David Mitchell. Picture by Lisa Ferguson.
David Mitchell. Picture by Lisa Ferguson.

Postal deliveries could be badly hit in Cupar during Christmas week if Royal Mail workers vote for industrial action today (Friday).

Employees at the town’s sorting office in Crossgate have been balloted by their union in support of sacked postman Dave Mitchell, who Royal Mail is refusing to reinstate despite being ordered to do so by a tribunal judge.

Mr Mitchell (57) was fired last December after being accused of stealing mail on his rounds in Ceres, Craigrothie and his home village of Chance Inn.

But at an employment tribunal in August judge Ian McFatridge found there was ‘no basis’ for the allegation and told Royal Mail to give him his job back.

They refused and at a second hearing last month said they would not reinstate him ‘under any circumstances’.

Now members of the Communication Workers’ Union in Cupar could walk out over the issue.

CWU branch secretary Kenny Logan told the Fife Herald that ballot papers were sent out last Thursday and the result is expected later today.