Thursday, July 05, 2007

Privatisation of Lewisham and Forest Hill Crown Post Offices

In May we passed two motions at full council expressing concern at plans to merge Lewisham High Street and Forest Hill post offices with branches of WHSmith and asking the Mayor to '"convene a meeting with key stakeholders" to discuss these proposals. Councillors have today received the following response from the CWU.

From: Communication Workers Union - 28 June 2007
Privatisation of Lewisham and Forest Hill Crown Post Offices
Further to your letter dated 4 June 2007 regarding the above.
Please convey my thanks to the councillors of Lewisham for their support in our campaign to defend Post Office services. The council add their name to hundreds of others, including MPs and the Mayor of London who are supporting our campaign and the provision of local services.

The Communication Workers Union is very keen to meet with the Mayor of Lewisham, along with other stakeholders, to discuss the proposal privatisation OF Forest Hill and Lewisham Crown Offices to WH Smith.

To this end, I have copied this letter to Mr John Denton, Regional Secretary, London, and Graham Henson, Territory Counters Representative, Eastern Region, who will be in touch with the Mayor’s office in due course to make the appropriate arrangements.

As you may be aware, we are currently in dispute with POL due to plans to cut our members’ pay and privatise 85 Crown Post Offices with the loss of up to 1500 jobs nationally. As part of this dispute, we have launched a boycott of WH Smith and are calling on all supporters of Post Office services to support us in our endeavours. I have enclosed a copy of the leaflet we have been distributing for the aforementioned purpose.

If you would like further information about our boycott campaign, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Ian Ward
Acting Assistant Secretary

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