Nov 112015

From the front page of Friday’s Morning Star:


Friday’s front: Lightning post strike shocks bosses – Unofficial walkout wins job back for MS sufferer

Previously :

80 Royal Mail postmen and women at Bridgwater Delivery Office in Somerset defied the Tory anti-union laws today when they walked out without a ballot to protest at Royal Mail’s refusal to reinstate Andrew Mootoo, a postman who has MS/Multiple Sclerosis. Andrew has been waiting so long for Royal Mail to support his return to work that his pay has been stopped and he has to rely on benefits. 

Dave Chapple, CWU Rep, said:

Most decent employers would do their best to try and get a disabled worker like Andrew Mootoo off benefits and back to work on a properly adjusted duty. Instead, for 18 months, since MS was diagnosed, Royal Mail, nationally and locally, have tried every dirty trick in their book to get Andrew the sack and reduce him to a lifetime of benefits dependency.

18 months ago they tried to sack him. We stopped that by proving they would have acted illegally. Then Royal Mail tested Andrew back at work: when he passed this with flying colours, they invented a new test, which they ensured he would fail, for example, by deliberately using a faulty chair!

The last straw is Royal Mail saying that Andrew has no rest room for his meal break, because it is in continuous use by managers for disciplinary purposes; and that his MS means he will get stuck in the toilet. What offensive rubbish from the country’s second largest employer!

Justice for MS sufferers at work! Justice for Andrew Mootoo!


Andrew, who is of Indo-Mauritian parents and who is also profoundly deaf, lives a full life: he drives a car, shops, goes to sport matches, goes shopping, walks down busy high streets, goes to the gym once a week, all without falling over, getting stuck in a toilet or endangering anyone else. 

All Andrew’ s friends at Bridgwater Delivery Office want, is for Royal Mail to sit down and give him a chance to come off the dole and work for his living, as he wants to do. The work is there. The CWU have even accepted that Andrew could return on a monitored trial basis.

Every reasonable compromise CWU offer to Royal Mail has been spurned: every patient CWU plea to Royal Mail to give Andrew a chance has been ignored.

80 Bridgwater trades unionists are right now, a day after the Tory Anti-Union Bill passed the House of Commons, breaking these vicious laws to fight for workplace justice for a severely disabled and much respected colleague. 

They, and Andrew, deserve your support.”

Please contact Dave Chapple, CWU Rep, on 077007 869 144, or e-mail on



[suffusion-the-author display='description']
 Posted by at 23:49

  3 Responses to “Victory! Bridgwater Wildcat walkout for post worker who has MS!”

  1. Best of luck to Andrew and your mates who support you.
    RM get a grip.

  2. Appalling but Tory backed??

  3. I was so saddened and angry to read about this. I have MS , and I am disgusted that Royal Mail is breaking the law and flouting common decency.

    There is so much ignorance about MS- years ago, an occupational health doctor insisted I travel to London, so he could see for himself I could walk in a straight line and get up stairs, as he simply did not believe my statement that I could.
    Getting stuck in a toilet? Royal Mail, you embarrass yourselves.

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>



For security, use of Google's reCAPTCHA service is required which is subject to the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

I agree to these terms.