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Say no to privatisation of this post office

30 August, 2019

The post office in Old Street that has been earmarked for closure in January

• THE Communication Workers Union condemns the announcement to privatise the Old Street post office into the nearby Co-op store.

The Crown Post Office is an essential part of the local economy. It is also a vital asset to Old Street particularly for the elderly and infirm, it is relied upon by other local residents and businesses as well.

If this were to go ahead it would leave the borough of Islington with only Islington post office to cover the whole of Islington following the recent losses of Holloway Road, 59 Old Street and Upper Holloway.

The staffs’ wealth of experience – nearly 200 years’ worth – will be lost under the Post Office’s plan to privatise the office to the Co-op.

The Co-operative Group has previously claimed to be an ethical company. However the loss of well-paid and unionised jobs to minimum-wage jobs is not the action of an ethical company.

The Communication Workers Union would urge the Co-op to change its mind. Under the current proposal the photo card facility for the driving licence and the security industry will be lost and there will be no cash machine facilities – all of which are available currently.

The Post Office’s sham consultation process is not about if the move should go ahead, but more around disabled access, and has already started and will run until October 2.

The CWU along with the councillors from Bunhill ward and MP Emily Thornberry will be organising a campaign to save the office.

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