Petition handed over in fight to keep Wansford postie

Villagers from Wansford attending a "handing in" of a petition against the loss of their village postie from  Morva Bass to Darren Stanton, delivery sector manager at the Sorting Office at Werrington. EMN-140829-174643009
Villagers from Wansford attending a "handing in" of a petition against the loss of their village postie from Morva Bass to Darren Stanton, delivery sector manager at the Sorting Office at Werrington. EMN-140829-174643009
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Angry residents fighting to keep their poplar post woman are asking why Royal Mail did not consulted their employee before transferring her to another patch.

Martha Powell, a post woman in Wansford for about 14 years has been moved to a new round in nearby Wittering.

But people living in Wansford have put up a fight calling for their postie to be allowed to see out the 20 months left until she retires, in the village.

On Friday last week eight women and four men travelled from Wansford to the company’s Mail Centre in Peterborough to hand over a ‘support Martha Powell to continue as our postwoman’ petition, signed by 527 residents - the total population is around 1,000 - to delivery sector manager Darren Stanton.

Morva Bass, who started the petition, asked Mr Stanton why the company had not consulted her.

Elin Styles pointed out that “it’s not often you get a whole village saying the same thing”.

And Paul Styles, who branded Royal Mail’s decision “a disgrace”, said: “In any other properly run industry, no change of employment would be considered without consultation with the person involved.

“If it did, it would represent a realistic case for constructive dismissal.”

Last week, North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara joined the residents battle and wrote to Moya Greene, chief executive of Royal Mail, asking the company to reconsider.

He told the Mercury: “It is clear that Martha Powell is very well valued. This petition shows a groundswell of public opinion in favour of retaining Martha and I hope Royal 
Mail will reconsider its decision.”

A Royal Mail spokesman said the company allocates routes “based on seniority” which was agreed between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union, who represent the employees.