Union condemns sell-off

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A UNION fighting the closure of Chatteris sorting office have accused Royal Mail bosses of jumping the gun by putting the building up for sale.

Andy Beeby, branch chairman of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) said the move to put the building up for sale with a £200,000 price tag before any agreement had been reached was a great concern for members.

Royal Mail wants to sell the sorting office in Park Street and relocate staff to the March office for what it insists are “purely business and operational reasons” as part of its business-wide investment and modernisation programme.

But Mr Beeby said: “Royal Mail have clearly shown their intentions are a real threat by placing the property up for sale before any agreement has been reached with the CWU and to try to stop local people from protecting the heart of the community.

“We have been in contact with local councillors and the MP and are in the process of arranging a public meeting, so that we may get as many local people on board as possible.

“It is important that this meeting is well attended by the public, as this will be vital to us winning the fight to save the delivery office.

“We also intend to have petitions and leaflets out around the town over the coming weeks.

“The public can also help us by writing to their local MP and to Royal Mail at Old Street London to register their opposition to the closure.

“This closure is not in the interests of the public of Chatteris and will result in later mail delivery times and take jobs away from the local community.”