Postal workers' union backs Blackburn delivery boycott after dog bite

First published in News

POSTAL Workers’ Union the CWU has backed Royal Mail’s decision to suspend deliveries on a Blackburn street.

Services were halted in Worcester Road, Whitebirk after a postman was bitten on the arm by a dog.

Deliveries were stopped because there was deemed to be an ‘unacceptable level of risk’ to postal workers posed by the animal.

Blackburn MP Jack Straw backed Royal Mail’s decision.

He said: “This is obviously aggravating to the residents but postmen and women face real danger everyday and until they can be sure the area is safe I support them taking this action.”

Carl Webb, regional secretary of the CWU said he ‘agreed completely’ with Mr Straw.

He said: “I endore what Jack Straw said one hundred per cent.

“I endorse the actions taken by Royal Mail. Royal Mail are doing it to support the safety of our members, and we definitely support them.

“Dog bites on our members have been a matter of concern for us for a long time.

“It’s unfortunate on other residents, but I’m sure they would want their postie, who delivers mail to them in all kinds of weather, to be kept safe.

“We would hope a solution can be found, so that deliveries can get back on again as soon as possible.”

But opinion was divided on the Lancashire Telegraph website as to whether the action was appropriate.

One poster said: “Well done Royal Mail who have suspended all mail on this street until their postmen and women are safe to walk this street again.”

But others disagreed, believing Royal Mail had gone too far.

One said: “I'm pretty sure this isn't the first time a postman has been bitten by a dog in this country, so why all the fuss now?

“I wonder how long it will be before the Royal mail decides to ban any deliveries where there is a dog on the street?”

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1:23pm Sat 1 Mar 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

get the dog put down then its sorted - simples
get the dog put down then its sorted - simples DoggydogNo1
  • Score: 2

3:36pm Sat 1 Mar 14

burner says...

" sorted " . . . . is the dog going in the post ?
" sorted " . . . . is the dog going in the post ? burner
  • Score: 3

5:13pm Sat 1 Mar 14

jogalot says...

Sensible action by Royal Mail. It will be up to the neighbours to put pressure on the dog owner to sort this out.
Sensible action by Royal Mail. It will be up to the neighbours to put pressure on the dog owner to sort this out. jogalot
  • Score: 7

6:31pm Sat 1 Mar 14

happycyclist says...

I wonder how the postal workers would feel it it was THEIR street that was affected though? Y'know, they work all day and then have to wander off to some place to pick their mail up, whilst everyone else in the country gets their mail shoved through their letterbox.
I wonder how the postal workers would feel it it was THEIR street that was affected though? Y'know, they work all day and then have to wander off to some place to pick their mail up, whilst everyone else in the country gets their mail shoved through their letterbox. happycyclist
  • Score: -10

8:01pm Sat 1 Mar 14

soap opera says...

wait till they get to the post depot canterbury st and find there is only 3 parking spaces for the public and the queue is sometimes over 10 deep at busy times(all day)
wait till they get to the post depot canterbury st and find there is only 3 parking spaces for the public and the queue is sometimes over 10 deep at busy times(all day) soap opera
  • Score: 7

8:07pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Just an observer says...

jogalot wrote:
Sensible action by Royal Mail. It will be up to the neighbours to put pressure on the dog owner to sort this out.
I agree with you
[quote][p][bold]jogalot[/bold] wrote: Sensible action by Royal Mail. It will be up to the neighbours to put pressure on the dog owner to sort this out.[/p][/quote]I agree with you Just an observer
  • Score: 0

8:08pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Just an observer says...

soap opera wrote:
wait till they get to the post depot canterbury st and find there is only 3 parking spaces for the public and the queue is sometimes over 10 deep at busy times(all day)
Tish-poo, unlucky. perhaps people will now start to think of others.
[quote][p][bold]soap opera[/bold] wrote: wait till they get to the post depot canterbury st and find there is only 3 parking spaces for the public and the queue is sometimes over 10 deep at busy times(all day)[/p][/quote]Tish-poo, unlucky. perhaps people will now start to think of others. Just an observer
  • Score: 0

8:11pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Just an observer says...

happycyclist wrote:
I wonder how the postal workers would feel it it was THEIR street that was affected though? Y'know, they work all day and then have to wander off to some place to pick their mail up, whilst everyone else in the country gets their mail shoved through their letterbox.
Same as the rest of the street i guess? but then again it's up to the owner of the dog to make amends.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: I wonder how the postal workers would feel it it was THEIR street that was affected though? Y'know, they work all day and then have to wander off to some place to pick their mail up, whilst everyone else in the country gets their mail shoved through their letterbox.[/p][/quote]Same as the rest of the street i guess? but then again it's up to the owner of the dog to make amends. Just an observer
  • Score: 3

11:27pm Sat 1 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Oh so now post men dictate where they deliver mail and where They don't.
What's that I can hear in the background "Sack them and get a private company in"
Oh so now post men dictate where they deliver mail and where They don't. What's that I can hear in the background "Sack them and get a private company in" 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -14

12:10am Sun 2 Mar 14

Bonjovi#1fan says...

To those hypocrites who say how would they feel if the postie didn't have his mail delivered.....have you actually been bitten by a dog? Lost part of a finger simply by pushing letters through a letterbox, or had a dog lunge at you just for entering a garden? I've seen injuries like these, and for the postman/woman the scars are psychological as well as physical. Good on Royal Mail for taking initiative
To those hypocrites who say how would they feel if the postie didn't have his mail delivered.....have you actually been bitten by a dog? Lost part of a finger simply by pushing letters through a letterbox, or had a dog lunge at you just for entering a garden? I've seen injuries like these, and for the postman/woman the scars are psychological as well as physical. Good on Royal Mail for taking initiative Bonjovi#1fan
  • Score: 10

10:47am Sun 2 Mar 14

Sogden says...

Am I missing something? Does this dog live at every house? Why not just stop delivering to the address where the dog lives?
Am I missing something? Does this dog live at every house? Why not just stop delivering to the address where the dog lives? Sogden
  • Score: 2

6:32pm Sun 2 Mar 14

barryinthailand says...

Sogden wrote:
Am I missing something? Does this dog live at every house? Why not just stop delivering to the address where the dog lives?
You ask if you are missing something? start off with a brain and work down.
[quote][p][bold]Sogden[/bold] wrote: Am I missing something? Does this dog live at every house? Why not just stop delivering to the address where the dog lives?[/p][/quote]You ask if you are missing something? start off with a brain and work down. barryinthailand
  • Score: 4

7:44am Tue 4 Mar 14

Snuffy Arroder says...

Sogden wrote:
Am I missing something? Does this dog live at every house? Why not just stop delivering to the address where the dog lives?
Probably because the low life person lets the dog roam the street
[quote][p][bold]Sogden[/bold] wrote: Am I missing something? Does this dog live at every house? Why not just stop delivering to the address where the dog lives?[/p][/quote]Probably because the low life person lets the dog roam the street Snuffy Arroder
  • Score: 0

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