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Privatisation of Royal Mail will impact employees and services directly - Boyle

Published: 17 September, 2013

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle says that if the British Government's decision to privatise Royal Mail is allowed to proceed it will have a negative impact on its employees, the services provided and will inevitably lead to branch closures, particularly in rural communities.

"The British government has signalled its intention to privatise the Royal Mail service with a planned flotation on the London Stock Exchange "in the coming weeks". "While the British government state that privatisation would ensure the six days a week service and the one-price-goes-anywhere service once the majority of shares are dispensed from their ownership they cannot guarantee this. "This is not about improving the service for customers but about selling off this vital public asset to help plug the gap in the British Treasurery finances.

"Experience has taught us that when such core services are privatised the unseemly drive to cut costs begins leading to a diminution in working terms and conditions for staff, job losses, poorer all-round services, and branch closures particularly in rural areas. Local postal staff and proprietors of rural post offices are in no doubt about the reality of what will come down the line if the British government proceed with these plans.

"The Communications Workers Union is to ballot its members for industrial action against this privatisation and are likely to secure a yes vote so it will be important for the mobilisation of political and public support to augment resistance to this planned fire-sale by the British government.