Labour Research (February 2016)


Post Office

The Post Office has said it is seeking “franchise partners” within the retail sector for 39 Crown offices over the next few months, with around a further 50 earmarked later in the year. And three Crown offices are set to close completely.

This will impact directly on around 1,000 workers, who face redundancy, redeployment or transfer of employment to “franchise partners”, expected to include retail chain W H Smiths. 

Andy Furey, assistant secretary of the CWU postal union, said: “When Royal Mail was privatised, the government said that they would keep the Post Office wholly in the public sector, but what is franchising if it’s not privatisation?”

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