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Sacked postie David Mitchell ‘so proud’ after Cupar colleagues strike in support

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Cupar posties are staging a 24-hour walkout today in support of a sacked former colleague.

Around 40 posties downed tools at around 8.30am on Saturday to stage a one-day strike in support of David Mitchell, 57, who was accused of stealing mail by his former employers at Royal Mail.

Mr Mitchell subsequently won his case for unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal and a judge ordered his reinstatement, but the firm has steadfastly refused to give the 57-year-old his job back.

That prompted Saturday’s 24-hour walkout at the Cupar Delivery Office as his friends and former workmates vented their anger at the situation.

“I really wish it hadn’t come to this and it shouldn’t have,” Mr Mitchell told his former colleagues ahead of the strike.“I can’t think of the best way to thank you, but I am so proud of you all.”

Royal Mail has appealed against the judge’s decision and a ruling on that is expected within a matter of weeks.

Mr Mitchell’s partner Hilary Lumsden said: “It was very emotional there were posties’ wives there in tears, I was in tears, Dave was in tears

“It really was something else to see them walk out.”

The striking posties were also offered a free pint at The Station Bar across the road to help keep their spirits up.

Expressing his support for the local postal workers, North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins said: “I know that Dave has a great deal of support throughout the community and I hope this gives him heart at this very difficult time.

“I hope Royal Mail will take on board the high level of local opposition and reverse their stance.”

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