Today is Postal Workers Day. I’d like to thank our local posties for their hard work and dedication in collecting, sorting and delivering post during the busiest period of the year.
There is an ongoing dispute going on between the Royal Mail and CWU Postal Workers who are fighting for better pay and conditions. Since the privatisation of Royal Mail in 2013, 12,000 jobs have been lost, a fifth of mail centres have closed and over 50 delivery offices have shut. Meanwhile, private shareholders have been paid £700m in dividends.
On top of this, over the past four years the Post Office has been implementing a series of significant cost-cutting measures with closures, franchising, job losses and cuts to staff terms and conditions.
Labour will always back our postal workers. We will halt the managed decline overseen by the Tories and stop the disappearance of post offices in our towns and cities. We will also renationalise the Royal Mail, which was sold at below market price by the Tories, so that profits are put back into the business again to the benefit of workers and consumers; not private shareholders.