Speaking on the eve of the third reading of the Postal Services Bill, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith called on all MPs representing Scottish constituencies to listen to their constituents.
“The Scottish public do not support privatisation of the Royal Mail (20% - You Gov poll), and over the last year Scottish MPs of every political persuasion have been photographed campaigning to save their local post offices.
“Photographs and petitions may have helped politicians during the General Election. Now we want to see a strong strategy for the future of our publicly owned postal services network, with the universal service obligation and a sustainable Post Office Network. The Postal Services Bill does not deliver that. It threatens postal services across Scotland, placing local communities under further pressure as costs rise and services are reduced.”
The recent report from the Westminster Scottish Affairs Committee, published 30 December, highlighted further concerns for the Post Office Network. Committee Chair Ian Davidson MP said “it remains unclear how the Postal Services Bill will protect consumers in deprived urban, rural and remote areas of Scotland”
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You gov poll 1st October 2010 attached
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