A postman suspended for telling customers how to ban junk mail deliveries has been told he can keep his job, the Royal Mail confirmed today.
Rebel postie Roger Annies, 45, had a disciplinary hearing after his controversial intervention.
Customers unanimously backed his actions after he designed and circulated leaflets highlighting the Royal Mail's opt-out clause regarding unsolicited mail.
Amarjite Singh, acting south east Wales area representative for the Communication Workers' Union, welcomed the decision, saying: "We're glad with the outcome that they haven't dismissed him."
A Royal Mail statement said: "We can confirm that Mr Annies still works for Royal Mail."
The father of one, from Barry, South Wales, was suspended when his actions came to the notice of his bosses.
His 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."
Mr Annies gave a full explanation of his actions to a disciplinary hearing held at his own Barry delivery office base on September 1.
Mr Singh previously said: "He gave his version of events about what was involved and whether he acted as he did through malice or whether it was a misunderstanding."
He said the "worst case scenario" was that Mr Annies would be sacked.
He added that Mr Annies is originally from Germany and has lived in the UK for the last 12 years.
Although his English is good, it is still his second language and he is capable of making mistakes.
The Communication Workers' Union, which represented the postman, said it was pleased he had been reinstated.
A spokesman said: "There had been some confusion about the management briefing given about the delivery of leaflets so we are pleased this has now been sorted out and reinstatement has been ordered."Reuse content