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Join the fight to save the Crown post office

20 September, 2019

The post office in Old Street that has been earmarked for closure in January

• THE Communication Workers Union, in tandem with the local Labour Party, will be having a weekend of action next week.

There will be a petition signing and leaflets distributed following the announcement to privatise the Old Street post office into the nearby Co-op store. This will be taking place from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday September 28.

The Crown post office is an essential part of the local economy. It is also a vital asset to Old Street – particularly for the elderly and infirm – and it is relied upon by other local residents and businesses as well.

It is clear this is an attack on a great British institution which the Post Office wants to drive into oblivion. There is no vision for the future, just a policy of managed decline.

The wealth of experience of the staff amounts to nearly 200 years’ worth, which will be lost under the Post Office’s plan to privatise the office to the Co-op.

The Co-operative Group has previously claimed to be an ethical company. But the loss of well-paid unionised jobs to minimum-wage jobs is not the action of an ethical company.

The CWU would urge the Co-op to change its mind. Under the current proposal the photo card facility for the driving licence and the security industry will be lost and there will be no cash machine facilities – all of which are available currently.

The Post Office’s sham consultation process is not about if the move should go ahead, but more around disabled access. It will run until October 2.

The union, along with Islington councillors from Bunhill ward and MP Emily Thornberry are involved in the campaign to save the office. Please come and join us over the weekend.

CLIVE TICKNER
CWU Area Representative

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