The Daily Mail have today written a substantial report on a battle currently being fought by Lib Dem MP, John Pugh.
His campaign is focussed on the 46 postmen that have been suspended, dismissed or have gone off work with stress from Royal Mail in his Southport constituency over the past three years.
Some of the stories are quite unbelievable.
A father of two, who had around ten years of unblemished service, is thought to have put his signature to a recorded delivery when a parcel firm arrived on the doorstep as he made his own rounds.
Concerned that the elderly householder would have to trek to the sorting office to collect the parcel when she got home, he signed for her.
But when she called his managers to thank him for his kindness, Royal Mail began disciplinary action against him. The postman was signed off work with stress and subsequently retired on the grounds of ill health.
Other cases included two postmen who were sacked on the spot for failing to wear a cycling helmet while delivering mail by pushbike and another who was dismissed after 25 years service when he was spotted leaving his van running and unlocked as he delivered mail to a farmhouse on a single-lane track.
One postman was even suspended for leaving his Royal Mail issue cycle outside a shop while he spoke to a customer who was enquiring about how to have her mail redirected. He was later reinstated.
A female postwoman is also in the process of taking Royal Mail bosses to tribunal over allegations they forced her to work, despite having recently recovered from an operation, during freezing cold weather conditions.
As John Pugh makes clear in his statement, as shocking as these cases are, they don't come close to revealing the true extent of the emotional damage and stress caused to the families of those workers who have been so badly treated.
Big Brother Watch does, of course, defend the right of the Royal Mail to dismiss those postmen and women who are not doing their jobs properly. But in the cases outlined by John Pugh, the common factor seems to be a slavish and officious adherence to unnecessary dictats imposed from above.
Therefore we lend our full support to John's campaign.
By Dylan Sharpe