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Royal Mail says "you're fired" to cycling postie

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A cycling postman - William Blight from Corfe Castle in Dorset - has lost his job because he refused to deliver mail without his bike.
Keep Posties Cycling protest letters being delivered to Royal Mail
Keep Posties Cycling protest letters being delivered to Royal Mail

CTC campaigned to 'Keep Posties Cycling' when the Royal Mail announced in 2010 that they wanted to scrap delivery bikes in favour of vans and trolleys. Now, one popular cycling postman – William Blight from Corfe Castle in Dorset - has lost his job because he refused to use the collapsible trolleys and vans offered in replacement.

The story made national news, with coverage in both the Daily Mail and the Telegraph.

According to BBC Dorset, a judge ruled William Blight was not constructively dismissed from his role as a postman.

A spokesperson from the Royal Mail said: "We are pleased with the outcome of the tribunal that has concluded that Mr Blight's demands regarding the retention of his bicycle were totally unreasonable and that Royal Mail went to inordinate lengths to address his concerns."

William Blight told the tribunal that he felt "bullied" and "intimidated" over the issue and was forced to resign last year.

Change should be looked at to make sure it is progress but this change was completely unnecessary.
William Blight

He also said: "They told me that I could work in another branch, but that would mean I was losing money through petrol, or that I could do my round by van, but I only have an automatic driving licence, and the vans are manual.

"I had lost considerable faith in my employers and had no reason to believe that working there would not be any more shambolic.”

Mr Blight said he felt that he had “found his niche” when he took the job in Corfe Castle, was useful to the community and the customers liked him.

Following the tribunal, Mr Blight's solicitor Pat Benson said they were considering an appeal.

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