POSTAL workers who refused to enter their workplace until it had been deep cleaned have gone back to work.

Staff at the Royal Mail Didcot delivery depot in Broadway walked out on Wednesday after one of their colleagues tested positive for coronavirus.

They said the company should have provided a deep clean of the depot after the man went off sick on Tuesday.

After the walk out, Royal Mail carried out cleaning throughout the building ready for it to reopen yesterday.

Communication Workers Union representative Steve Gill said staff felt happy and safe following the clean carried out by Royal Mail.

But he said post workers who walked out were still facing the prospect of losing pay for the hours they refused to work.

Mr Gill argued that the staff had not ‘withdrawn their labour’ but had just stopped working due to health and safety concerns.

Management at the depot disagreed as said the staff had taken unauthorised industrial action.

A Royal Mail spokesman said the company took its staff’s health and safety seriously.

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They said: “We are pleased that we were able to resolve any areas of concern with our people. Services have been resumed. Royal Mail takes the health and safety of its colleagues, its customers and the local communities in which we operate very seriously.”

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Last week, the CWU raised concerns about the standard of PPE postal workers had been given while carrying out their work, with workers wanting face masks in addition to gloves.