Post Office Crisis – Postcard Campaign

Post Office Crisis – Postcard Campaign
‎As branches are aware since we started our campaign against Post Office closures, job losses and pension cuts; the government has launched a public consultation on the future of the Post Office.
As set out in LTB 659/16, ‎it is extremely important that we use this opportunity to get public support for the key demands in our dispute with the Post Office and put as much pressure as possible on the government. 
We are therefore running a ‎campaign to get tens of thousands of responses to the consultation calling for an end to the closure and franchise programme and for a new strategy for the Post Office based on growth, in particular with the establishment of a Post Bank. Branches will be receiving a campaign pack which includes postcards that we are asking people to add their name to, which we can then submit to the government in December. We would urge branches to make every effort to get as many postcards completed and returned to CWU Headquarters as soon as possible (these should not be sent to BEIS directly).
Our members in the Post Office are facing the closure of the defined benefit pension scheme – which will leave many of them tens of thousands of pounds worse off in retirement – thousands of job losses and the continued managed decline of the network putting job security at risk. As we have said previously, with the Post Office being entirely owned by the government, the union’s dispute with the Post Office has a political angle and together with industrial action it is extremely important that we put public pressure on the government in order to defend our members.
‎All branches are therefore asked to treat this campaign as a priority over the coming weeks and target large workplaces and any public meetings and events to get as many postcards signed as possible. 
‎Finally, as Branches will have seen, the debate we secured on the future of the Post Office in parliament took place yesterday afternoon. The debate was positive for the union, with the Post Office and the government coming in for severe criticism from MPs from all parties who were pushing our key lines and many of whom had been working with the union locally. A transcript of the debate is available here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2016-11-17/debates/16111746000001/BackbenchBusiness
We will be continuing to put pressure on the government through parliament and would ask branches to continue to lobby MPs, particularly in Conservative constituencies. 
Any queries on the contents of this LTB should be addressed to GSoffice@cwu.org and any requests for postcards should be made to mmurray@cwu.org. 
 
Yours sincerely  
 
Dave Ward Terry Pullinger
General Secretary Deputy General Secretary (Postal)
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LTB 683/16 – Post Office Crisis – Postcard Campaign

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