Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham, pledged his support for the Communication Workers Union (CWU) #SaveOurPostOffice campaign.
The campaign was launched by the CWU to halt the ‘franchising’ of 74 Crown Post Offices to WHSmith. If the move takes place it will mean 60 per cent of the Crown Network which existed in 2013 will be gone following years of incremental privatisation.
Mr Cruddas said: “Franchising’ is nothing but back door privatisation and research shows that franchising the Crown Post Offices to WHSmith could lead to a sub-standard service, reduced counter services, staff redundancies, and the watering down of workers terms and conditions.”
Cllr Phil Waker (CWU) commented: “There’s a bigger picture here, and this move is just another in a long line of poor decisions which are driving down pay and working conditions. There is scope for Crown Post Offices to offer more government services to make them sustainable in the long term.”
On Friday 30th November Jon met with members of the CWU East London Postal Branch to discuss the campaign and the potential impacts on over 800 staff across the 74 Crown Post
Office sites. The Communications Workers Union (CWU), which represents many of the workers in the Crown Network were not engaged by the Post Office at all prior to the announcement.
In 2013 Mr Cruddas fought alongside the union in a bid to save the Dagenham Heathway Crown Office and met with similar circumstances.
The CWU have stated that ‘around 800 staff will be affected by this round of franchising and it will cost at least £30 million in compensation payments.
Mr Cruddas added “It looks to me like the only beneficiary of this move will be WHSmith, who are seemingly being bailed out of their failing business model with £30 million of public money.”
You can find out more about the campaign, sign the petition, can call on your MP to pledge their support via the campaign website set up by the CWU: http://www.saveourpostoffice.co.uk
To collect signatures down your street download a copy of the petition by clicking HERE https://www.joncruddas.org.uk