MP: I will not be bullied in postal dispute
The union that slammed Westcountry MPs for "avoiding debate" on the future of Royal Mail has voted unanimously to picket outside their offices.
Officials of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) branded Plymouth Tory MPs Oliver Colvile and Gary Streeter as "disgraceful" for their "refusal to openly debate" the potential privatisation of Royal Mail.
But Mr Colvile replied by saying he was not "going to be intimidated or bullied by anyone".
CWU representatives claim that despite the offer of holding meetings in public, in front of postal workers and at a Conservative members meeting, neither MP had responded to the challenge.
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Postal workers gathered yesterday at a mass meeting at Home Park in Plymouth, where more than 150 people working in delivery, distribution, Parcelforce, and other areas of the business spoke about direct action against the MPs.
CWU divisional representative Chris Webb said: "We're going to announce dates in the next couple of weeks and picket their workplaces and hugely embarrass them.
"They haven't been anywhere near Royal Mail and they haven't spoken to any of you. They're making decisions that will influence and change your lives."
But Mr Colvile said: "I am not going to be intimidated or bullied by anyone and I hope when they are picketing they are not going to be stopping people entering who really do need my help.
"I think that would be utterly appalling."