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Scottish strike vote for sacked postman in Fife

Postal workers in Cupar Image copyright Proof of Fife
Image caption David Mitchell's colleagues at Cupar delivery office in Fife have already taken industrial action

Thousands of postal workers are to be balloted over strike action in support of a sacked colleague in Fife.

The dispute centres on Cupar postman David Mitchell, who was sacked after being accused of stealing mail.

Mr Mitchell has not been given his job back despite winning his unfair dismissal case at an industrial tribunal in September 2015.

Communication Workers Union members will be asked to vote for industrial action.

This could affect mail processing, distribution and delivery services in Edinburgh, Dunfermline and Falkirk.

The union said Royal Mail had been refusing to obey a court order to rescind its dismissal of Mr Mitchell from his job in December 2014.

His colleagues at Cupar delivery office in Fife have already taken industrial action, while thousands of local residents have signed a petition demanding his reinstatement.

'Trust broken'

Mr Mitchell was dismissed after 27 years of service over allegations of theft, which he denies.

A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: "Royal Mail is still hopeful of finding a resolution with our union and our people on this local issue to ensure that customers do not face any disruption.

"Our customers also expect Royal Mail to do everything in its power to protect the mail we are entrusted to deliver."

The spokeswoman added: "Following an investigation, Royal Mail considered there to be reasonable grounds to suspect wrongdoing in relation to test postal items and Mr Mitchell was dismissed.

"We will not reinstate Mr Mitchell, as we believe that the trust between employee and employer has completely broken down.

"As we feel unable to reinstate Mr Mitchell, the judge ordered Royal Mail to pay additional compensation, which Mr Mitchell has now received.

"The legal proceedings have now concluded."

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