Cornwall shows overwhelming support for Royal Mail workers after St Austell postman is sacked days before Christmas

Cornwall has extended an overwhelming show of support for Royal Mail workers after residents were furious to find that a popular postman had been sacked days before Christmas.

The workers at the St Austell Sorting Office on Holmbush Industrial Estate walked out on their break on Thursday morning (December 21) in a display of solidarity after learning the fate of their colleague.

Around 100 postal workers are based at the St Austell sorting office and one member of the team said the postman was a “popular guy” who had been suffering some issues with sickness.

The postal worker, who wished to remain anonymous, told Cornwall Live: “It was a solidarity walkout after a popular member of staff was sacked.

“We don’t agree with it at all, especially at this time of year when the service is under pressure. There’s an appeal pending. It’s all back to normal now until we hear the outcome of the appeal.”

A spokesman for the postal workers’ union, the CWU, said Royal Mail had decided to turn into the “Christmas Grinch” and blasted the decision to sack the worker as “shockingly inept management”.

After learning of Thursday morning’s action, residents from across Cornwall have taken to social media to express their gratitude to postal workers – especially for delivering cards and presents to loved ones at this time of the year.

Postal workers outside the St Austell sorting office

Writing on Cornwall Live, Anita Keel said: “Well done guys. I work for the Post Office and I know exactly how hard you all work, especially at this time of year.

“Illness goes with the territory. Out in all weathers, walking miles, lifting up to 10 kilo sacks of mail. Nobody’s allowed time off even if your dead on your feet. We get verbally abused by the general public every day and if we say something in our defence were reported as being rude.

“Spare a thought to the people who enable you to receive gifts from your loved ones at Christmas. Merry Christmas from the people who are working extremely hard to provide gifts for their own loved ones at Christmas.”

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