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Anti-junk mail postie loses round
Roger Annies
Roger Annies advised people how to reduce junk mail deliveries
A postman suspended for telling customers how to ban junk mail deliveries has been told he still has a job - but not his old round.

Roger Annies, 45, was disciplined after telling people on his post round about an opt-out clause.

Mr Annies had won the backing of some residents on his round in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan.

"I'm not particularly happy about what's been offered... and that is why I'm considering my position," he said.

Mr Annies, originally from Germany, hit the headlines last month when it was revealed he had been disciplined for delivering a leaflet to households on his round which gave instructions on how to stop receiving "unwanted post".

TO STOP JUNK MAIL, CONTACT:
Unaddressed mail - Opt-Outs, Royal Mail, Kingsmead House, Oxpens Road, Oxford, OX1 1RX
Addressed mail - Mail Preference Service (MPS), Freepost 29, LON 20771, London, W1E 0ZT or call 0845 703 4599
Source: Postwatch

But he was suspended when his actions came to the notice of Royal Mail managers who said their "door-to-door" service - the delivery of unsolicited mail - was vital to business.

The postman's leaflet read: "As you will have certainly already noticed, your postman is not only delivering your mail; he/she also has to deliver some (anonymous) advertising material called door-to-door items.

"For the near future, Royal Mail plans to increase your advertising mail.

"This will mean a lot more unwanted post in your letterbox.

"You may be interested in reducing your unwanted advertising mail and reduce paper usage in order to help save the environment.

"If you complete the slip below and send it to the Royal Mail delivery office, you should not get any of the above mentioned unwanted advertising."

'Very loyal'

Mr Annies gave a full explanation of his actions to a disciplinary hearing held at his Barry delivery office on 1 September.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the result of that hearing became clear. It read: "We can confirm that Mr Annies still works for Royal Mail".

However, Mr Annies is reported to be unhappy about having to take an indoors job and not be able to deliver to the people he has served for many years.

"I have a few options open to me - either to appeal against the package which has been offered or to accept it," he added.

"I was asked to keep everything confidential and I'm not going to say anything more until I come to my decision.

"I have seen an employment lawyer and will have further discussions with him tomorrow. I will make a decision after that."

Some customers on the round he had delivered to for 10 years are angry, among them Joan Page who said a petition had begun to get him reinstated.

"We support him fully and want him back as our postman," she said.

"When he distributed the leaflets he wasn't hiding anything from the Post Office but was using his initiative."


SEE ALSO
Junk mail postman 'still in job'
01 Sep 06 |  South East Wales
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