MP LEADS CALLS TO STOP PRIVATISATION THROUGH “MANAGED DECLINE”
Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, led calls at SNP Conference on Sunday (13 October) to ensure the longevity in the Post Office network
The motion proposed by Mrs Fellows was passed unanimously and called for the proper remuneration of sub-Postmasters as many are resigning and thousands are threatening to leave due to low pay leaving communities without vital services.
In addition, the motion called for the protection of Crown Post Office branches after Post Office Ltd closed hundreds like the Brandon branch in central Motherwell.
There were also calls to re-nationalise Royal Mail; ensure trade union representation on the Post Office Ltd executive board; and for Post Office branches to become central hubs for banking and Government services over fears that communities are losing access to cash.
Mrs Fellows also co-signed a joint letter to Barclay’s CEO this week after the bank announced it will withdraw from the Post Office banking framework preventing customers from making cash withdrawals from Post Office branches.
Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:
“The Post Office network is at crisis point. It must remain in public hands and receive proper support from the UK Government which has adopted a policy of managed decline so they can justify privatising it like they did to Royal Mail. Post Offices are a key part of our communities. They must be protected.
“By protecting and re-opening larger, Crown branches and ensuring the provision of banking and Government services, the Post Office network can improve sub-Postmaster pay – keeping smaller branches open – and continue to provide the vital services communities rely on – like access to cash.
“Instead of turning a blind eye to communities and Post Office workers, Post Office Ltd and the UK Government must listen and act.”E