Sunday 9 January 2011

Posties Rally in Witney Against Privatisation

Hundreds join Royal Mail Privatisation protest in Cameron's Witney

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Over 500 CWU Eastern Region postmen/women gathered for a protest in David Cameron's Oxfordshire constituency of Witney today 9th January 2011.

The demonstration, organised by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) Eastern Region, was held to protest at Tory/Lib Dem plans to privatise Royal Mail.

Protesters gathered at Church Green for a march, which was followed by a rally.

Last year the government unveiled the Postal Services Bill which includes proposals to sell off the postal group.

The Bill is due for its third reading in Parliament on Wednesday.

The march, which was supported by several trade unions, took protesters through the town's High Street before the rally on Church Green.

Protesters waved dark red CWU flags.

A coffin bearing the slogan "here lies the remains of Royal Mail" was also carried through the town.

Country Standard supporters remain concerned that plans to privatise Royal Mail will impact on letter delivery in rural areas in particular, as the private sector will undoubtedly see such a service as unprofitable.