Royal Mail agrees to pay race row strikers benefits

The
Royal Mail has agreed to pay staff any allowances and benefits they may  have lost when they staged a four-day
walkout over racist comments pinned on noticeboards.

More
than 100 employees in the Wolverhampton sorting office took industrial action
after the anonymous messages were posted along with comments about wages,
shifts, meals and air-conditioning.

The
statements were collected and posted under a new scheme introduced by chairman
Allan Leighton called Have your Say, which gauges employee opinion.

The
strikers walked out last Friday after reading racist comments directed at
non-white workers.

Elmar
Toime, executive deputy chairman at the Royal Mail, told staff in a letter:
"The aim of the survey is to offer an uncensored account of people’s views
of the business, not to provide a platform for those with unacceptable
opinions."

He
said the system would be reviewed to make sure the problem would not occur
again.

By Michael
Millar

 

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