WORKERS AT Peckham Crown Post Office and Camberwell Green Crown Post Offices in south London have launched campaigns to stop their offices being privatised and downgraded. The 30 people employed in the two offices have over 300 years experience serving the community. CWU union assistant sectional secretary Steve Whale said, 'We were only informed of the privatisation when the press rang our union room for our comments.'
Both offices are not due to close until February 2004. A meeting of the South East London CWU branch will take place early in September to decide what action to take in response.
CWU postal executive member Ian Ward said, 'Not a week goes by without a post office closing, or a crown office being privatised, to the detriment of services. Currently there are three crown offices being privatised in South London with a loss of more than 45 jobs. This is money before people and services.'