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Postal workers in Fife have taken industrial action for the second time over what they deem to be the unfair dismissal of a colleague after he was sacked over allegations of theft.
David Mitchell, who worked as a postman for 27 years before he was dismissed was accused of stealing mail resulting in his dismissal for gross misconduct.
However, he has since taken Royal Mail to an employment tribunal winning £57,000 in compensation due to loss of earnings. The employment tribunal Judge Ian McFatridge also ordered the postal service to reinstate Mr Mitchell, twice, as he said there were no reasonable grounds for the belief he had stolen mail, but they have failed to do so.
As a result of this failure to reinstate Mr Mitchell, colleagues went on a 24 hour strike for the second time with some union representatives warning that the action could soon affect all of Scotland.
Speaking of the incident, local MP Stephen Gethins. Speaking on the incident Mr Gethins said: "This is question of fairness. There's now been two court rulings in Mr Mitchell's favour and Royal Mail need to respect that."
Mr Mitchell is also being backed the Communications Workers Union (CWU) which says Royal Mail failed to properly investigate the theft allegations. Items of mail were reported missing from his round but his postal vehicle, his own car, his home and clothing were searched by investigators with no trace of the items found. Despite the lack of evidence, he was still dismissed for theft leading to an employment tribunal.
CWU assistant secretary Ray Ellis said: "It was an extremely serious allegation, accusing him of theft with no evidence whatsoever.
"As well as the court, the Scottish prosecution service also ruled that there was insufficient evidence to back up the charge."
A spokeswoman for Royal Mail said: "Royal Mail is disappointed that the Communications Workers Union has again taken strike action at Cupar Delivery Office today.
"We are out delivering mail to nearly all our customer in Cupar today and the enquiry office remains open for customers to pick up mail.
"Royal Mail continues to work with our trade union and people locally to resolve this issue and we apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused."
Bullying in the workplace is growing according to the latest survey from ACAS with a study finding that many people are too afraid to speak out.
According to ACAS, there has been more than 20,000 calls regarding bullying and harassment in the workplace. The organisation has also called for employers to take claims of bullying in the workplace much more seriously and improve all anti-bullying policies.
Chair of ACAS, Sir Brendan Barber, stated that it wa clear bullying was on the rise and that poor business policies and management was one of the main reasons for the rise. He said: "Callers to our helpline have experienced some horrific incidents around bullying that have included humiliation, ostracism, verbal and physical abuse.
"But managers sometimes dismiss accusations around bullying as simply personality or management style clashes, whilst others may recognise the problem but lack the confidence or skills to deal with it."
The Scottish Government are to scrap employment tribunal fees if said powers are devolved to Scotland from Westminster, however, such powers will only be transferred when it is “clear on how the transfer of powers and responsibilities".
The plan was announced in the government’s programme for 2015/16 with the details set to be negotiated by both governments with the Scottish Government wishing to scrap such fees to ensure that people have a greater access to justice.
Speaking on the matter the Scottish Government stated: “We will abolish fees for employment tribunals when we are clear on how the transfer of powers and responsibilities will work.
“We will consult on the shape of services that can best support people’s access to employment justice as part of the transfer of the powers of Employment Tribunals to Scotland.”
HMRC and the Department of business, innovation and skills (BIS) are to crackdown on companies that are not paying staff the National Minimum Wage.
Under the new crackdown, a team of officers will be able to enforce stricter penalties and punish those who are intentionally not paying staff what they deserve. It is hoped that such a crackdown will help those who are being underpaid, but also serve as an incentive for companies to pay their staff their rightful rate ahead of the proposed increase in the rate.
A worrying survey has found that female solicitors are effectively working from free from mid-August as a result of the gender pay gap in the legal sector.
According to new research from the Law Society of Scotland show that throughout a legal career there can be as much as a 42% difference in salaries between males and females. The research analysed average full-time salaries between males and females and looked at the difference at each level of employment, with salaries varying between 2% to 42% at numerous stages,
The Equality Act protects us from discrimination at work, including:
Too many women continue to earn considerably less than men and make less progress on the career ladder, according to a workforce development expert.