Lord Hall, who was dismissed on Wednesday (25 November), from the position of Chairman of the Post Office, made a statement to reporters in his home that the action was a "monstrous rape of a public corporation".
Lord Hall, who was dismissed on Wednesday (25 November), from the position of Chairman of the Post Office, made a statement to reporters in his home that the action was a "monstrous rape of a public corporation". On Thursday (26 November), postal workers in London and other parts of the country walked off their jobs in protest.
Lord Hall told reporters that the act of his dismissal represented a threat to other public corporations and a threat which could, if unchecked, lead into the private industrial sphere.
The anger of Post Office workers of Lord Hall's dismissal was demonstrated in many parts of the country the following day. Telephone engineers walked out of the main exchange at Reading -- a pattern followed by telephone workers in other towns. Switchboard operators at Reading quickly followed the engineers.
Postal sorters in central London stopped work and heaps of mailbags began piling up on the city's railway station platforms. The Post Office rail system was said to have come to a complete standstill. With arrears stockpiling, incoming mail has had to be stopped. The situation was aggravated Thursday morning when van drivers who carry mail to and from railway stations also came out in protest.
There were also difficulties in posting the evening mail in London. Many Post Offices closed their doors just before office staff on their way home normally post the day's letters.
Post Office union leaders met with the Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Mr. Chataway, and after the meeting, union leaders told their men to go back to work. However, another postal union called for a mass lobby of workers during next Monday's (30 November) Parliamentary censure debate on the Government's action.
Meanwhile Lord Hall said Thursday he was very flattered by the men's loyalty but appealed to them to return to work. He said the Post Office Corporation, which belongs to the public, must come first.