Town’s postal workers join county march

nrhn 200111 postal service from Eastwood sorting depot protest outside of Downing street - involving Heanor man Andrew Green.
nrhn 200111 postal service from Eastwood sorting depot protest outside of Downing street - involving Heanor man Andrew Green.

POSTIES from Eastwood will join a march this weekend to protest about the privatisation of Royal Mail.

Eastwood postal workers will join hundreds of others for the ‘Keep The Post Public’ march and rally in Beeston for what could be one of the county’s biggest demonstrations in a generation.

Andy Green, the Eastwood representative for the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) said: “This march is about letting our elected MPs know that they have no electoral mandate or public support for these Royal Mail privatisation plans which will wreck postal services and lead to local Post Office closures.”

The town’s postmen joined 15,000 others to sign a petition against the plans last month. The petition was taken to 10 Downing Street along with hundreds of letters to individual MPs.

The march and rally has been organised by the Communication Workers’ Union, and is supported by Nottingham’s Labour Party.

Darren Glebocki, from the CWU’s Nottingham and District Branch said: “The coalition Government claim that privatisation is the only way to deal with the challenges facing Royal Mail, but the reality is Royal Mail greatest problem is the Government’s failure to address the unfair regulation within the industry which sees Royal Mail delivering its competitors mail at an operational loss.”

But speaking last month Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry backed the plans and said she believed it was the only way to secure the future of Royal Mail and the ‘universal postal system’ – which guarantees deliveries six days a week for the same price anywhere in the country.

“We’ve also given the commitment that Post Offices will be maintained so we don’t have the sort of widescale closure programme that happened under Labour, certainly in Broxtowe which lost three.”

The march will take place tomorrow, February 19.

n see page six for Mr Glebocki’s full letter