The Communication Workers Union (CWU) is fighting to save our nation’s cherished Post Office network.
This campaign has recently been launched by the CWU in response to the bombshell announcement that 74 Crown offices are to be franchised (privatised) to high-street retailer WH Smith – a move which will impact some 800 jobs and drastically cut services to communities.
The CWU is fighting back, with a range of high-profile local and national campaign activities being planned over the next few months – particularly in the run-up to Christmas.
CWU general secretary Dave Ward says: “At a time when the government is claiming to be on the side of workers, it is an outrage that it is allowing well rewarded jobs to go from a public service, handing them straight to a second-rate employer like WH Smith – recently rated as the worst retailer on the high street who will undoubtedly provide a significantly inferior service.”
And he’s asking all Trade Union members to visit the campaign site, write to their MP and watch out for upcoming Save Our Post Office activities in their local areas.
“Come and get involved in the big nationwide Campaign Day to Save Our Post Office,” is the message from CWU general secretary Dave Ward.
Saturday December 1st will see a protest in Bristol and also in other cities and towns in every region of the UK, as part of CWU’s defiant response to the Post Office bosses’ announcement of the ‘franchising’ of 74 Crown offices to retailer WH Smith, impacting on some 7-800 jobs – marking a change in their strategy from managed decline to terminal decline.
“And that’s what we’re facing unless we can force a change of direction,” says Dave Ward, who is also pushing forward the CWU’s vision for a positive future for our post office network – as the real hubs of our communities.
Andy Furey, CWU assistant secretary, in thanking CWU regions who have organised events added that, “when Labour comes to power, they will re-merge the Post Office and Royal Mail in public ownership – but we have to make sure that there is a Post Office and so this campaign has to succeed.
“Let’s be upbeat,” he urges, adding: “It’s a struggle and it’s tough, but this union’s never rolled over in the past and we ‘ain’t gonna roll over now.”
More information about the CWU’s campaign can be found here save Our Post Office