Staff look to strike as Post Office won’t reinstate workers

London
postal workers are threatening a strike because the Post Office won’t reinstate
two members of staff who were sacked over allegations of football hooliganism.

Leaders
of the Communications Workers Union will decide tomorrow whether to ballot its
4,500 North London members.

Brothers
Tom and Mick Doherty have been told they will not be allowed back to work
despite winning unfair dismissal claims against the Post Office at an
employment tribunal.

In
a statement, the Post Office said it did not accept the verdict and Mick
Doherty, who had turned up for work at his old office, remained dismissed from
the company.

"Doherty
has been told in writing that we will not be complying with the tribunal
decision. It remains the case that the tribunal found that the dismissing
officers had a genuine belief in his misconduct. Post Office Ltd will outline
our reasons for non-compliance to the tribunal in full in due course,"
said the statement.

The
brothers were dismissed after appearing in photographs that apparently showed
them involved in football violence following Arsenal’s UEFA cup game against
Galatasaray in Denmark.

They
later claimed they were acting in self-defence and subsequently won a complaint
of unfair dismissal.

By Ross Wigham

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