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Crown Post Office workers resist attacks

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Issue 2347
On the picket line in Stockwell
On the picket line in Stockwell (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Workers in the CWU union were out on strike across the country last Saturday against plans to sell off or close Crown Post Offices (CPO).

One worker in Salford told Socialist Worker, “A few weeks ago someone from communications came in when there was only one staff member and a casual in and announced that our office is being sold off.

“Of course I’m concerned about my job but the Post Office should be here as a public service.”

Workers face a four year pay freeze, privatising and downgrading of 70 CPOs and the closure of six offices with over 800 job losses. 

New workers joining would also be on worse pay and conditions

Workers have been offered lump sums over the next two years if they accept the sell offs and closures.

Angela from Greater Manchester CWU said, “This is about privatising the whole service. 

“Five years ago WHSmith took over the Post Office in Runcorn and now it’s closing, Runcorn won’t even have a Post Office”

One picket said, “Water bills and TV licences were moved to pay points in local shops where people are charged to pay bills or told they have to buy something. 

“Water bills are coming back to the Post Office from April because of the problems and that’s right. We shouldn’t be here to make profit out of customers.”

 

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