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Postal workers

Issue No. 1926

ROYAL MAIL is preparing to close or sell off up to half its high street post offices, according to press reports on Monday.

In the bosses’ sights are the 560 Crown Offices. These are the big high street offices, directly run by the Post Office, which offer a full range of services.

Management plans to shut between 240 and 270. That would leave hundreds of thousands of people without easy access to basic services.

Many of the post offices that could be sold are in prime locations and would command millions of pounds on the property market. Just last week Clapham Common post office was put up for sale.

Ian Ward, the CWU union regional representative, said, “The decision is total madness. Clapham Common is one of the only Crown Offices remaining in south west London and serves the public of Clapham efficiently and effectively.”

There is a real chance for the unions and local communities to campaign against—and defeat—the closure plans.

Among those who have signed a petition in Bradford saying that they are appalled at a local closure plan is Gerry Sutcliffe MP.

He is the minister responsible for postal services.

But the government cannot escape responsibility for the profit-hungry, pro private sector policies that management follows.


By an Oxford CWU member

WE’RE CELEBRATING after one of our mates, who was compulsorily transferred from his job, had the penalty removed.

He was one of the workers attacked by a gang of bullies, leading to an unofficial walkout in April. His reinstatement vindicates our strike.

Six months after the walkout those we complained about have left voluntarily. The mail centre manager has found another job, and so has the early shift manger.

  • For full background go to Socialist Worker issue 1897, 17 April 2004, page 16. Online here.

    West London

    By CWU West London Postal branch

    LONDON POSTAL workers planned a protest this week to draw attention to plans that will devastate the service.

    Royal Mail wants to close the mail centre in Praed Street, Paddington. It services the W1 to W14 post codes, and processes 1.2 million items a day.

    The work will be moved to other offices, which will have to move the mail and then arrange deliveries from much less convenient locations. Please support our campaign.

  • Protest Friday 5 November, 1.30pm, London Street, off Praed Street (Paddington tube).

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    Sat 6 Nov 2004, 00:00 GMT
    Issue No. 1926
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