Kensington and Chelsea Labour Opposition Group has launched a Borough-wide campaign to oppose the government’s plans to privatise Royal Mail and to further downsize the Post Office network that is likely to mean the virtual end of national postal deliveries, reduced and erratic deliveries, increased letter and parcel charges, more lost and wrongly-delivered mail, and a more casual, untrained and low-paid workforce.
The Communication Workers Union has said that breaking up Royal Mail and the further reorganisation of the Post Office will lead to the loss of many experienced local postal workers, the eventual foreign ownership of Royal Mail, and the closure of many local sub Post Offices that RBKC Labour Councillors believe will disadvantage residents and businessif this happens in Kensington and Chelsea.
-Has launched a “No to Privatisation Of Royal Mail & Post Office Closures” Petition.
-Will organise petition signings and protest events outside Borough Post Offices and in shopping areas during the summer and autumn.
-We will meet with Royal Mail, the Post Office, Government Ministers and the Council to put the local case against privatisation and PO downsizing.
-We will hold meetings with residents, the Council, postal staff, Post Office managers and others to hear their views on the government’s plans.
Supporters of the campaign include former Labour Postmaster General, Tony Benn, the Communications Workers Union, and Labour GLA Assembly Member, Murad Qureshi.
Cllr Pat Mason said, “Residents and business have already experienced what the service could look like if Royal Mail is privatised because they’ve complained loudly for over a year that TNT private mail company has been dumping or wrongly-delivering letters in the Borough with credit cards, benefit payments and doctors and hospital appointments. We don’t want Royal Mail turned into a ramshackle service by the same sorts of people who once said that privatising our gas and electricity supplies would give us cheaper power and now we are all being fleeced”.
For further details, Contact: Cllr Pat Mason: 07805 922 239