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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 November 2010

Fight the mail centre cuts

Royal Mail management in London is hell-bent on asset stripping in preparation for the Con-Dem government's plans to privatise the post service.

Greg Maughan

Their decision to sell off Rathbone Place, Nine Elms and to close East London mail centre is clearly motivated by financial gain rather than what is good for the service the public receives. Rathbone Place is just off Oxford Street and could raise a pretty penny!

These callous closures from a shortsighted management will have a serious impact on jobs and service levels in London. Since the early 1990s seven mail centres have closed. Last year, Royal Mail paid over 1 million in compensation to London businesses for a range of quality failures.

Royal Mail has already said there will be 453 voluntary redundancies. That still leaves 848 workers from the sites facing closure who will be given a stark choice - compulsory relocation or being forced out of the job because relocating is impossible.

Attempts to deskill and casualise the workforce should be resisted. We all know this is also an attempt to make Royal Mail more appealing to the private sector.

CWU members in the Socialist Party believe that firm opposition to all cuts and closures is needed and that the union should be making preparations now for a strike ballot to strengthen their hands in negotiations.

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Stop the Con-Dems' slave labour scheme

What the capitalist cuts really mean

National Shop Stewards Network: Anti-cuts conference


Socialism 2010

Socialism 2010: An inspirational weekend


Youth

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Leeds: Stop the closure of Union Books

Goldsmiths students occupy town hall


Socialist Party editorial

London firefighters' dispute: the fight is not over

Massive anger must be organised into coordinated trade union action


Socialist Party workplace news

London tube strike - picket line reports

BBC staff fight for pensions: picket line reports

Protest at law centre closure

Fight the mail centre cuts


Socialist Party news and analysis

Vendetta continues against Tommy Sheridan, socialist fighter

Angry campaigners discuss Stroud fightback

NHS - workers looking for a fighting lead

Fast news


Socialist Party feature

Attacks on disabled people's rights


International socialist news and analysis

Scotland: potential to build a mass movement against cuts

US elections: Bankruptcy of Democrats leads to spectacular fall


Socialist Party review

Review: Call Mr Robeson: A Life, with Songs


 

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