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Postman and union rep

I’m a postman and a union rep because…

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I believe that people should be supported into work and given equal opportunities.

My job within Royal Mail is all about customer service – I sort and deliver mail each day. As a union rep I deal with complaints and issues from staff. I’m also an equality officer responsible for raising awareness, dealing with issues related to equality and working with the trade union council to push for legal changes and protections.

Growing up I was encouraged to voice my opinions constructively. After asking questions as a new postman I was encouraged to become a disability champion, and as my confidence and knowledge grew I applied for other roles. I’ve been lucky that I’ve had lots of support from my branch and HQ. I’m profoundly deaf and use BSL interpreters at large meetings, training and conferences.

I was the first profoundly deaf union officer in the UK.

Lee Elliott