Unite warning over Post Office mutualisation

Unite the union which represents managers at Royal Mail has warned (Monday 19 September) that Ed Davey's (Liberal Democrat Minister for Postal Affairs) consultation on the proposed mutualisation of the Post Office is a recipe for disaster.

Ian Tonks, Unite national officer said, “Mutualisation is another unhelpful distraction. The real issue here is that the Post Office and Royal Mail depend heavily on each other. Separation, privatisation and mutualisation are recipes for disaster. ”

"One way to make the Post Office sustainable is to set up a Post Bank, but Ed Davey has consistently refused to even consider this proposal.

"Unite, as part of the Post Bank Coalition, is calling on government to set up a working party to examine how a Post Bank could be established to make the Post Office network viable and prosperous for the future."

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Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

Note to editors; Unite is part of the Post Bank Coalition, along with the Communication Workers Union, New Economics Foundation, Federation of Small Businesses, National Pensioners' Convention and the Countryside Alliance. The Post Bank Coalition is also seeking to remove social exclusion.

The Post Bank Coalition launched its most recent publication “Sorted! Revitalising the Post Office through local banking” on the 14th July 2011.