Mick Antoniw, Assembly Member for Pontypridd joined local postman Josh Collier on his Pontypridd round today to offer support for the Post Office and Communication Workers Union’s ‘Bite Back’ campaign.

 The number of dog attacks on postal workers attempting to deliver mail has increased by 22% in Wales over the past year, with a total of 167 workers being the victim of aggressive dogs.

 Mick Antoniw commented:

 “It’s not just the extreme temperatures that our postwomen and postmen have to contend with.  Attacks by dogs on postal workers is a real concern, especially in Wales where the numbers continue to rise at an alarming rate.

 Despite today’s heat, it was great to be out and about with Josh to get a real sense of how difficult the job can be at times.  We need to value the work our posties do and one of the ways we can help is by supporting the Post Office and CWU’s campaign to get our dogs microchipped and to ensure that we keep our dogs under control at all times.”

 Postman Josh Collier said:

 “It was great to have Mick with me today to experience some of the challenges postmen and women face. 

 “Dogs that aren’t kept under control are a real, everyday problem for us, so it’s great that Mick is backing our ‘Bite Back’ campaign.”