FABIANI CONTINUES CAMPAIGN TO SAVE EK’S CROWN POST OFFICE

Linda supporting the Post Office Walkout

Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride is continuing to support East Kilbride’s Post Office staff in the campaign to retain the Crown Post Office at the East Kilbride Shopping Centre ahead of a debate in the Scottish Parliament next week.

Linda said:

“As anyone who uses the Crown Post Office will know, it is a very rare occasion that you will visit the Post Office and find it quiet.  It is usually bustling with East Kilbride residents using its many services and its loss would be felt widely by the town if it was to be converted from a Crown Office to a franchise.

“Ahead of next week’s Members’ Debate on the ‘Future of Scotland’s Crown Post Offices’ I have been meeting with the Communication Workers Union representative, canvassing views of constituents online and encouraging people with an interest to sign an online petition to stop the franchising of Crown Post Offices.

“On Friday I offered my support to staff of the East Kilbride Crown Post Office who staged a walkout.  Although I have been reassured that there will be no compulsory redundancies, it is still a concerning time for staff who are dealing with the uncertainty caused by the proposed changes.

“I would still encourage residents with a view on the proposed changes to the Crown Post Office in East Kilbride to make their views known to me before Wednesday’s Debate in Parliament or sign the petition as requested by the Communication Workers Union.”

ENDS

Notes:

Online Petition: Post Office – stop the franchising of Crown Offices http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/46277

Wednesday 24 April – 17:30

Members’ Business Motion S4M-05708: Future of Scotland’s Crown Post Offices,  Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/02/2013

That the Parliament condemns proposals by Post Office Limited to close five Crown post offices in Cumbernauld, East Kilbride, Stornoway, Perth and  Alloa, moving them to become franchises in retail outlets at alternative locations; regards this as potentially dismantling part of the established post office network, which may result in a loss of service for the public; is concerned for the continued employment of post office staff and considers that the proposal will have a damaging effect on the already fragile health of town centres and high streets; praises the existing Crown post office network in Scotland for an invaluable service to the community, and acknowledges calls for these proposals to be dropped.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani

Current Status: Achieved Cross Party Support

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