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SAVE SALFORD PRECINCT POST OFFICE CAMPAIGN
 

Star date: 19th July 2013

PUBLIC MEETING TO SAVE PRECINCT POST OFFICE – STARRING HAZEL BLEARS AND IAN STEWART

Save Salford Post Office Public Meeting
Saturday July 20 11am
Salford Shopping Centre

As part of the ConDem Government's attack on the Post Office, it's intending to privatise 70 Crown post offices - and the well used one at Salford Precinct is on the list.

Tomorrow there's a public meeting on the public space at the Precinct against the Post Office sell off, which is backed by Salford Shopping City itself plus trade unions, black cabs, Salford Market traders and even local politicians.

Full details here…


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The Crown Post Office on Salford Precinct is one of the most used facilities in the city, not only drawing people for its services but also giving a boost to the shops and stalls surrounding it. Now the ConDem Government is proposing to privatise, or `franchise', it, along with around seventy other Crown post offices around the country.

This means it could close, with the `franchise' taken up by a supermarket or some other profit-first company, leading to longer queues, fewer counters, a reduced service and, of course, job losses for the people who currently work there.

A petition launched last month to Save Salford Post Office has already got over four thousand signatures* and, in a national survey, 67% of those who were aware of the privatisation of the post office were against the idea, and half of them were Tory voters.

The campaign to Save Salford Post Office is backed by Salford Market Traders Federation, Salford Black Cabs, UNISON, Salford Labour Party and post office trade union CWU, and is being spearheaded by Salford Shopping City itself…

"The Post Office is at the heart of Salford Shopping Centre and provides a vital service for shoppers of all ages" says Debbie Illingworth from Salford Shopping Centre "It would be devastating to lose what is an essential part of the lives of many of our visitors, which is why we decided to launch this campaign."

Tomorrow, Saturday 20th July, at 11am, there's a Public Meeting on the new space behind the post office with speakers Angela Bottomley and Andy Fury from the CWU, black cab driver Tony Murphy, John Winder from the Market Traders Federation and no less than three Labour Party people – Salford MP Hazel Blears, City Mayor, Ian Stewart and local councillor Paul Dennett.

While it's pleasing that the local Labour Party is involved in this important fight against privatisation, it's also disappointing that these same people are involved in privatising virtually every Salford Council service under the sun – schools, home care, mental health care etc etc…

* To sign the online petition against the Crown Post Offices sell-off – click here

* Printed copies of the Save Salford Post Office petition are in most shops on the Precinct.

For more details on the campaign – click here

paul wrote
at 06:36:01 on 24 July 2013
Steven North. got a pension, so where do you think this pension is, that's right in London on the stock exchange being invested by those greedy capitalist bankers for your future. now you now where it is, and who has got it, are you going to give it up, or are you going to turn a blind eye to this capitalism. must be horrible to be a socialist whilst taking money from a capitalist system, socialism needs capitalism more than capitalism needs socialism. how many companies that were privatised under the Tories did labour re nationalise, answer none, will the bedroom tax be reversed under labour, answer no, will the post office if privatised, no. so who do you think is going to renationalise these companies, that is electable to the public, answer, no one. so the money that the unions give to labour, is money down the drain.
 
Steven North wrote
at 13:19:07 on 22 July 2013
@lifelongtory Your statement suggests a belief in old "one-nation" Ted Heath-type Toryism, which to be honest is probably further to the left than what New Labour currently propose. I can't agree with any kind of Toryism, but do recognise that at least that form of Toryism felt that it had its heart in the right place. The problem is that it was only able to exist in the post-war British economy. At that time, capitalism was able to throw a few crumbs from the table because the global economy was doing well. Tories like McMillan and Heath could afford to maintain certain public services and chose to do so because in the face of a strong trade union movement it was a good way of keeping the workers relatively happy - "You've never had it so good" springs to mind. Unfortunately, the state of the global economy these days means that capitalists - Tory and Labour alike don't have the crumbs to give. They either give the whole cake or none at all...and their view - quite unsurprisingly - is none at all. We are well past a time when capitalism (despite its inequalities) could at least provide semi-decent jobs and services for those in the developed world. The choice now is between barbarous capitalism and socialism.
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 13:19:03 on 22 July 2013
What really amazes me is that given the unmitigated disaster privatisation has been that governments are allowed to keep doing it. I suppose we get what we deserve.
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 07:24:20 on 22 July 2013
There's a first, a Tory (hasn't introduced themselves) on here instigating the nationalisation of Railways and Water ? Whatever Next? No matter how much I dislike the current situation - Doesn't he recall his own party privatising both these vital services (for a fast buck)? or has he had a reality check conversion - a la "road to Damascus"? Time to get out the TARDIS again! PS. The Post Office should stay in Public Hands in order to provide the service it was set up to do!
 
Life long Tory wrote
at 21:28:11 on 21 July 2013
@Steven North, we will disagree on privatisation until the cows come home but I do think that some areas of both national and local infrastructure should be nationalised such as railways, water, and the post office. These are basic services and myself as a lifelong Tory see these as such as "Basic services" these services provide a service to all members of the community which they serve, which I belive is a fundamental part of a fully responcable and intergrated society, despite our differences we need too kick the arse of the so called "Labour" in Salford. These scum are just there to line their own pockets, something happening in Westminster which I despose.
 
Steven North wrote
at 16:07:54 on 21 July 2013
The hypocrisy of the Labour Party is clear to see on this one. I know of at least two Salford post offices that closed under the last Government (Adelphi on Oldfield Road and Moss Lane in Swinton) without a word of protest from Blears. Plus, as the article points out the privatisation of care services is fine as far as the Council is concerned. In saying that though there is good reason to support this campaign once you look past the Labour Party. An attack on post offices is an attack on communities; especially those who rely on public services the most. Not all elderly and disabled people need a local post office near to their home, but many do. Handing the running of the post office over to Tesco will mean less quality and less support for people who need it. Post offices also attract people to the local businesses around the area they are situated in. Placing the counter in Tesco will only benefit Tesco - and how much of what they make stays in Salford - or even the country for that matter? Beyond that there is the threat to the jobs of the post office staff. Putting them out of work or forcing them onto lower wages won't do anybody but the people at the very top any good (it certainly won't bring our prices as customers down - privatisation never does despite what they try and sell us). We should all support these post offices staying open and in public hands. But everybody's right to point out that Labour can hardly say they deserve any of the credit if we do win.
 
Irlam resident wrote
at 21:37:26 on 19 July 2013
My advise for ian is to set off from irlam at about 5 oclock in the morning cos you canrt get past the barton strect after 10am cos of the road works for the rugby ground and that port Salford thing which will give us un irklam no jobs.
 
Precinct it aint co-op it is then wrote
at 15:21:56 on 19 July 2013
Thanks for letting me know about the mayor being at the precinct tomorrow, i'll make sure I don't go shopping there now. Don't want his hot air melting my frozen burgers.
 
I remember wrote
at 13:50:37 on 19 July 2013
Where will people cash their Giros? Oh no it's ok because the last government the one that Ian Stewrat & Hazel "bang on it the expences" Blears was part of, brought in direct payments in order to enable PO counters to close post offices. Bloody hypocrites.
 
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