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Threat to London mail centres

Issue No. 2215

Royal Mail bosses plan to close two of London’s three giant mail centres and a major delivery office. Some 3,000 jobs could go in the scheme and it would clear the way for privatisation.

Management have met a small group of union reps to tell them of their outline proposals—but insisted that before they entered the room they sign a pledge not to reveal the details due to “commercial secrecy”.

Bosses are likely to recommend the closure of two of the three mail centres—Mount Pleasant in central London, Nine Elms in south London and Bow Locks in East London—plus the Rathbone Place delivery office.

An official announcement will come on 3 September and the CWU will then have just 90 days to come up with alternative plans—although they will be expected to demonstrate at least equal “savings”.

Work from the closed offices would be redeployed to the one remaining centre and to mail centres on the edge of London.

Some staff could be offered redeployment—although they would face long journeys. But the overall headcount would collapse as management demand stringent “efficiencies”.

Those deemed as excess will face compulsory redundancy.

The reps have maintained a united front of saying they cannot possibly cover the work and that all the centres should stay open.

Everyone needs to stick together, fight to keep all the mail centres open and to defend jobs.

The plan is inseparable from the push towards privatisation. Once Royal Mail reduces its network the way will be open to parasites to fill the gap. If London fights, and gets support from the rest of the union, it can give hope to others.

Note to Royal Mail bullies: this article is based on management sources and no CWU member was involved. A longer version of this article is available at

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Tue 17 Aug 2010, 18:05 BST
Issue No. 2215
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