Eastern Labour backs CWU Post Office struggle

Eastern Labour backs CWU Post Office struggleUnanimous support for the fight to save our Post Office and hundreds of signatures on CWU campaign post cards added up to a “huge success” at this weekend’s Labour East Regional Conference in Southend, reports Paul Moffatt.
A proposition setting out the union’s strategy for overcoming the crisis in the Post Office was formally moved by Paul, CWU Eastern Region secretary, seconded by regional political committee chair Andy Beeby and adopted as a resolution by the conference, which also heard supporting speeches from Kelvin Hopkins MP and Richard Howitt MEP.
In a hard-hitting address to delegates, Paul Moffat highlighted the Government’s privatisation of the Post Office through branch closures and franchising-out of services, the drastic consequences this is having and will continue to have on vulnerable people in society, on rural communities, and the damaging impact on workers’ terms and conditions.
The resolution calls for the immediate halt to franchising and closure programme and for the government to develop a new strategy with the introduction of a national post bank through the Post Office network.
In moving the proposed resolution, the CWU also called for the Regional Labour Party executive to make a submission to the Government’s consultation on the Post Office.
“The conference was a huge success,” Paul said, adding: “As well as the welcome support for our motion, over 250 Post Office in Crisis Post cards were signed and handed back by delegates personally pledging their support for our campaign to save the Post Office from destruction.
“It was pleasing to see how well respected we are amongst trade unions and Labour Party members who spoke and supported our resolution.”
Paul added that he had also been “extremely pleased to welcome back the fire brigades union FBU,” which has recently re-affiliated to the Labour Party.
“Our FBU comrades wholeheartedly supported our resolution and we were proud to second the FBU’s resolution on cuts to fire and rescue services,” he said.

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