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    THE 'WORKING-TO-RULE' BY BRITAIN'S 160,000 POST OFFICE EMPLOYEES, WHO ARE PROTESTING AGAINST THE REFUSAL OF THE POSTMASTER GENERAL TO RECONSIDER HIS REJECTION OF A WAGE CLAIM MADE BY THEIR UNION, WAS CAUSING "GRAVE CONCERN" JANUARY 4.

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    THE 'WORKING-TO-RULE' BY BRITAIN'S 160,000 POST OFFICE EMPLOYEES, WHO ARE PROTESTING AGAINST THE REFUSAL OF THE POSTMASTER GENERAL TO RECONSIDER HIS REJECTION OF A WAGE CLAIM MADE BY THEIR UNION, WAS CAUSING "GRAVE CONCERN" JANUARY 4. CHAOS HAS RESULTED IN MAIN SORTING OFFICES SINCE THE CAMPAIGN BEGAN AT MIDNIGHT ON DECEMBER 31.

    ARREARS OF WORK AT MOUNT PLEASANT, MAIN LONDON SORTING CENTRE, AT 8 A.M. THAT DAY WERE: 2 MILLION LETTERS, NEARLY 8,000 BAGS - AND POSSIBLY ANOTHER MILLION LETTERS AND PACKETS. THAT PILE-UP OF MAIL WAS SAID TO REPRESENT MORE THAN A DAY'S WORK.

    AT THE KING EDWARD BUILDING IN THE CITY, LONDON'S OTHER MAIN SORTING OFFICE, THINGS ARE REPORTED TO BE MORE NORMAL. HERE A PILE-UP OF MAIL IS NOT EXPECTED FOR ANOTHER FEW DAYS.

    MR. REGINALD BEVINS, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, LATER TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE THAT HE INTENDED TO STAND FIRM IN THE DISPUTE. HE SAID "I AM NOT AN OBDURATE PERSON. I AM ESSENTIALLY A REASONABLE MAN. BUT I AM NOT PREPARED TO DRIVE A COACH AND HORSES THROUGH THE ECONOMIC POLICY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF WHICH I AM A MEMBER."
    HE CLAIMED THE SITUATION HAD DETERIORATED DURING THE LAST DAY OR TWO, PARTICULARLY IN LONDON, AND THE ATTITUDE OF SOME POSTAL WORKERS WAS TURNING THE "WORK-TO-RULE" INTO A "GO-SLOW".

    DESCRIBING SOME OF THE EFFECTS OF THE WORK-TO-RULE HE SAID: "YESTERDAY THERE WAS A LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE POSTMASTER GENERAL WHICH WAS NOT DELIVERED BECAUSE IT WAS SIMPLY ADDRESSED 'POSTMASTER GENERAL, LONDON'. THE GENTLEMAN WHO WORKS FOR THE GPO, HAVING READ THIS, SCRAWLED OVER IT, 'INSUFFICIENTLY ADDRESSED. STATE NAME OF FIRM'."
    MEMBERS OF THE UNION OF POST OFFICE WORKERS HAVE BEEN ISSUED WITH A BOOKLET INSTRUCTING THEM HOW THE WORK-TO-RULE SHOULD BE CONDUCTED. IT TELLS THEM NOT TO "PERFORM THEIR DUTIES IN A DILATORY FASHION, NOR TO INDULGE IN ANY DELIBERATELY SLOW AND OBSTRUCTIVE WORKING, BUT TO CARRY OUT DUTIES IN THE PRECISE MANNER INSISTED UPON BY THE POST OFFICE SERVICE REGULATIONS".

    ON TOP OF THE WAGE PROTEST AND THE RECENT BAD WEATHER, THE MAIL IN MANY PLACES WAS AFFECTED BY A HEAVY RATE OF SICKNESS - MAINLY INFLUENZA - AMONG POSTAL STAFF. AT MOUNT PLEASANT ALONE SOME 806 SORTERS WERE AWAY ILL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7D5Q0FDIKBZ9GMYJULN2IWWVI
    Media URN:
    VLVA7D5Q0FDIKBZ9GMYJULN2IWWVI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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