Labour Campaign against Privatisation of Yeovil Crown Post Office

Wednesday, 12 December 2018
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Yeovil ‘Save the Post Office’ campaigners

Campaigners including, Labour councillors, Yeovil Trade Council and members of the public  protested outside Yeovil Crown Post Office collecting signatures against the closure of the town’s main Post Office and distributing leaflets to raise awareness of the threat to local jobs and services. The Post Office plans to close Crown Office and relocate to WHSmith. The Communication Workers Union, which represents the staff in Yeovil Crown Post Office, ran a street stall from 11:00 am outside the Post Office on 1st December  for several hours with a petition and postcards.

Terry Ledlie Area CWU rep said: “Yeovil Crown Post Office is an essential part of the local economy. It’s a valuable asset to the town and is relied upon by local residents and businesses as well as people who collect their pensions and benefits here. The staff in Yeovil Crown Post Office are well-trained and have a wealth of experience between them which could be lost under the company’s plans to close this office and move the roles into WHSmith.”

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Yeovil Labour Party out campaigning

“Yeovil Crown Post Office , like so many Towns, is struggling in the current climate and if this Post Office was to close it would be a major blow to the local economy and to the services which many people rely on. There are hundreds of people who come to this office every day and we just don’t think the same service could be matched by a few windows in the back of another shop. This is a dedicated office with good access arrangements in a prominent town centre position.” WHSmith has consistently been voted the worst retailer on the High Street in recent years and is not a fitting home for our much valued postal services. Alongside issues with access and service standards, WHSmith operate on a low-wage and bargain basement employment standards ethos. This Town will lose highly skilled, unionised and well rewarded jobs in exchange for minimum wage paying, insecure jobs.”

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Petition

Employees in Yeovil Crown  Post Office are facing an uncertain future if franchising plans go ahead. Yeovil Crown post office is one of 74 Crown Post Offices announced for privatisation, causing outcry in communities across the country. An online petition has been set-up. Please sign it at: www.saveourpostoffice.co.uk To download a printable copy visit: http://www.cwu.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/05991a-Save-ourPost-Office-petition-update.pdf .

For more information please contact: Terry Ledlie Area CWU Rep on mobile: 07958727854 or at email: Terryledlie91@gmail.com