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Stevenage mail centre to fight closure threat

by Paul Turnbull, CWU Area Processing Rep, Eastern No 4
Issue No. 2219

Royal Mail’s threat to close Stevenage mail centre is going to face resistance.

Around 70 postal workers packed into a meeting of our CWU union branch on Sunday and agreed to launch a major campaign to protect their jobs and the public service we provide.

We agreed to launch a petition—which will be up for download on the web at

www.cwu-e4.co.uk—and to organise a march in Stevenage town centre. We hope these initiatives will gain support throughout the local trade union movement.

The threat to close the mail centre will have serious repercussions. Those workers who remain with Royal Mail are facing a 50-mile round trip to work at the mail centre in Hemel Hempstead. Meanwhile the service to the public will suffer and more lorries, driving longer distances, will have a damaging effect on traffic and the environment.

Barry Jennings, CWU divisional rep, and Steve Glennon, Stevenage TUC secretary, both pledged their full support for the campaign. Barry said, “A campaign will make a difference—I am with you all the way.”

Royal Mail has announced scores of mail centre closures in recent weeks. It is vital that our union stands up to this job slaughter. We hope that by campaigning over Stevenage we can inspire othes facing similar attacks.

Download a petition at www.cwu-e4.co.uk/files/final_version_of_save_sg_petition_date_90910.pdf


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Tue 14 Sep 2010, 17:14 BST
Issue No. 2219
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