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Postal workers

Issue No. 1936

THE POSTAL workers’ CWU union has received information that Catford and Lewisham Crown post offices in south London are being considered for privatisation. The prospective buyers have visited the offices to measure them up and assess the viability of the proposed sale.

Mol Meade, South East London postal and counter branch sectional secretary, said, “It’s a really sad day when public services are being dismantled in this way.

“As a community we’re rapidly losing our civic pride as more and more services are downgraded.The campaign starts now.”

Meanwhile, the Crown post office at Clapham Common in London has won a temporary reprieve due to technical problems with the sale. CWU branch secretary Ian Ward said, “While we welcome the fact that we will keep a Crown office at Clapham Common temporarily, it does nothing to stop the constant haemorrhaging of Crown offices.”

The constant privatisations of offices are stoking the debate inside the CWU over whether to keep handing hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Labour Party.

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Sat 29 Jan 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1936
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