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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 October 2007

Save Bolsover Post Offices

'Save our Post Office' window posters are going up in many houses. Following a wave of post office closures two years ago, 180 closures are planned as the first batch of the latest wave of 2,500 branches to be axed across the country.

Jon Dale, Bolsover

If Post Office Ltd bosses get away with this, they will be back for another round in a year or two. The whole network of local post offices is threatened.

Hardest hit will be elderly and disabled people, having to travel by infrequent buses if they can, pay for a taxi or pay to get their money from a cash machine in a shop or pub. Highly paid post office bosses who make these decisions won't be queuing for their salaries!

Apparently the post office network is losing 4 million a week and fewer customers are using the post offices. So why did the Labour government stop pensions and benefits being paid with a book, forcing people to open bank accounts? And now we can't pay water rates, buy TV licenses or pay some gas bills at the post office.

The bosses are deliberately making post offices unviable. Who will benefit? The banks eyeing up all the extra profits they can make, and the supermarkets - taking services into their stores to draw more customers in.

In North Derbyshire the fight to save our post offices is on! 60 angry Carr Vale residents attended an emergency Community Association meeting, called at just three days notice.

A meeting in Hodthorpe has been organised. Post office queues are being leafleted for a rally outside the one office planned to stay open (for the time being) in Bolsover.

We will show what the queues would be like if the four surrounding offices close.

Protest has to be built across the area. The more we can join local campaigns together the stronger we will be, and the harder for the post office bosses (and behind them the government) to ignore us.

We need action to show we will not give up these vital local services without a fight.

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In The Socialist 17 October 2007:

National Health Service Cutbacks and privatisation kill

National NHS demo

The vultures are circling ever closer

10,000 march in Sussex

Swansea fights the cuts

Rally for Socialism


Postal dispute

Exposing Royal Mail's lies

Postal workers waiting to assess Royal Mail deal

Fighting Royal Mail management's attacks

Solid unofficial action in East London

National Shop Stewards' Network meetings

Daylight robbery in Scotland!

Save Bolsover Post Offices


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

Brown's blues


International Appeal

Students on trumped-up charges


Socialist Students

Scrap fees for all students


National Shop Stewards Network

Young workers and students need to get involved

"You've got to stick together"

Stop the placement rip-off now!


Campaign for a New Workers Party

Tony Benn evades the issue


Trade Union Freedom Bill

Trade Union Freedom Bill: Banishing Thatcher's anti-union legacy?

Working longer hours for less pay


Socialist Party women

ITV2 - making a good deal out of women's bodies


International socialist news and analysis

Workers' struggle and political instability sends Polish government into meltdown

Australia: Liberals v Labour - no choice for working people in election


Socialist Party news and analysis

Children's homes at risk of buy-outs


 

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