Government seeking to demolish Royal Mail, says union
Tuesday 26 October 2010
The Government was today accused of planning to "demolish" the Royal Mail ahead of the first debate in Parliament of its controversial privatisation plans.
The Postal Services Bill will receive its second reading tomorrow, giving MPs the first chance to question ministers about privatising the Royal Mail.
Postal workers from across the country will meet their MP in the Commons ahead of the debate and will explain why the Communication Workers Union will oppose the move.
Billy Hayes, the union's general secretary, said: "The Government has left many questions unanswered and scrutiny of their Bill shows they are making empty promises while setting up to demolish the mail through the back door.
"Their warm words about keeping post offices open have no substance as the government has not confirmed any funding to keep the network running beyond next year.
"Of serious concern is the small print of the Bill which shows the universal service will be reviewed within 18 months, meaning any promises of six-day deliveries or single stamp prices are worthless.
"These get-out clauses will be attractive to buyers not interested in maintaining service levels but disastrous to consumers, who have just lost their watchdog to the quango bonfire.
"The Government is refusing to explore business models other than privatisation and leaving gaping holes in its legislation which could lead to the decimation of the UK's postal service."
Business Secretary Vince Cable said earlier this month that private buyers will be allowed to own up to 90% of the Royal Mail, with at least 10% of shares going to employees, while the Post Office may be mutualised.
The staff share scheme would be the biggest of its kind - larger than those of British Telecom, British Gas or British Airways, he said.
The Government also announced it would take on the Royal Mail's multi billion-pound pension shortfall as part of its plans.
The union published an opinion poll earlier this month showing that half of voters thought postal services would get worse under privatisation, with 25% believing they would improve.
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
Migrants crossing the Mediterranean: Pope Francis joins calls for EU action on boat refugees
Yemen crisis: Meet the child soldiers who have forsaken books for Kalashnikovs
Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Isis in Afghanistan: Group claims responsibility for Jalalabad suicide bombing that killed 35
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
£18000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Chiropractic Assistant is needed in a ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides coaching ...