Posties strike set to hit Edinburgh, Lothians

Dave Mitchell with the Cupar posties. Picture: Dave MitchellDave Mitchell with the Cupar posties. Picture: Dave Mitchell
Dave Mitchell with the Cupar posties. Picture: Dave Mitchell

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POSTAL deliveries across Edinburgh and the Lothians are set to be halted after workers voted to strike.

Posties were balloted following action in Fife in support of Dave Mitchell, a postal worker with 27 years’ service who was sacked from his job after a number of “test” items – such as greetings cards with vouchers and cash inside – went missing.

Mr Mitchell, 57, from Chance Inn in Fife, lost his job in December 2014 but has maintained his innocence ever since – taking his case to an employment tribunal.

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Tribunal judge Ian McFatridge twice ordered his reinstatement, insisting there were no reasonable ground for the belief Mr Mitchell had stolen mail, but Royal Mail refused to comply.

Former colleagues in Cupar have previously held two 24-hour strikes, and yesterday his fellow workers voted to take further action. Union officials previously said the strike would affect the EH (Edinburgh and Lothians), TD (Borders), FK (Stirling and central area) and KY (Glenrothes and Fife) postcodes.

They could not be contacted last night and the full details of the strike are not yet known.