Despite the disasters of rail and tube privatisation, the New Labour government could press ahead with its neo-liberal plans to sell off the postal service.
The latest scheme under consideration involves offering shares in Royal Mail to postal workers to buy off any opposition to privatisation. But the postal workers’ CWU union is campaigning hard against any possible sell off.
“Privatising the post — an utterly Thatcherite policy — is still very much on the agenda of this government,” said Jane Loftus from the CWU’s national executive, speaking in a personal capacity.
“The Blair regime is dying but it is going to take an awful lot of victims with it if we don’t fight back,” she added.
“I’m fed up with hearing Labour MPs saying how much they oppose Blair, but still voting through his worst measures. Blair is weak. That’s not a reason for complacency. It means it’s time to bury privatisation.”