A wildcat strike which has halted work at Preston’s biggest postal delivery office has stretched into a fourth day.
Up to 150 postal workers turned up at the Preston Central Delivery Office on Christian Road in the city centre at 6am on Monday for a meeting with management.
They were told there was no movement from the company’s position regarding its refusal to suspend a manager involved in a row with a worker which led to the walk-out on Friday.
Lenny Crook, of the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU), confirmed members had voted not to go back to work for a fourth day with a further meeting organised for 6am on Tuesday to discuss the situation.
He said: “Management has made it quite clear they have no intention of accepting the union’s request, they are not willing to give the manager a precautionary suspension or even remove him from the building.
“What I cannot understand is the union are not asking for the worker to be reinstated, we are simply asking for the manager to be given a precautionary suspension whilst the investigation is ongoing.
“It appears the company’s own policies only apply to regular workers, their managers are untouchable and appear to be above such rules.”
A spokesman for Royal Mail refused to comment on the issue but said workers have been told there are no plans to suspend the manager.
Managers and extra staff have been drafted in to handle the thousands of pieces of mail building up at the centre which covers PR1, PR2, PR3,PR4 and PR11 postcode areas.