urged to heed public warning over Postal Privatisation
of a public opinion poll showing the public’s overwhelming
opposition to the government’s plans to privatise part of Royal
Mail, leaders of postal workers across the North West have called on
the region’s MPs to follow suit and register their opposition by
signing an early day motion calling for the government to abandon
its plans to privatise Royal Mail.
In a phone poll of people across the UK 75% of those questioned
disagreed with privatisation, 33% strongly disagreeing, and this
rose to 89% when foreign ownership was mentioned, with 58% strongly
disagreeing. Only 6% of those polled were in favour of privatisation
and this halved to 3% when sale to a foreign company was mentioned.
Carl Webb, CWU Regional Secretary, said:- “Dozens of Labour
MPs across the region have defied the government and have openly
opposed this crazy decision to sell part of Royal Mail, possibly to
a foreign postal company. I call on the remaining MPs to follow suit
and take onboard the concerns of their constituents and postal
TNT are strongly rumoured to be the most likely private investor in
Royal Mail and have definitely expressed an interest. It is felt
that Lord Mandelson would look favourably on a bid from TNT for
their alleged managerial experience in a modernised postal service.
The problem with this approach is that the type of modern postal
service we seek is a one price goes everywhere delivery service, six
days of the week i.e. the universal service obligation unique to the
British Postal service. TNT’s version of a modern postal service
sees them deliver just twice a week to certain parts of the
Ian Taylor, Divisional Officer, said:- “Such a move would, we
believe, risk fracturing one of Britain’s greatest public services
and put our universal (one price goes anywhere) service under
threat. It would also have a devastating affect in terms of job
losses. We should be looking for ways to improve the service not
wreck it. “
Finally Carl Webb, CWU Regional Secretary, said:- “I can
assure the public and businesses that postal workers will campaign
directly in the constituencies of those NW MPs who are supporting
this privatisation irrespective of which party they belong to.”
PHOTOGRAPH APPEAL - ASSAULT, CUBE BAR
from Merseyside Police who are
investigating an assault in Cube bar, Liverpool city centre have
released a photograph of 3 men they believe could have information,
which is vital to their enquiry.
The 25 year old victim was assaulted in the Cube Bar, at about 2.30am,
on 9 November 2008, as he was on a night out with friends.
The victim was in the VIP area of the bar when he bumped into a man.
A 2nd man stepped in and punched him in the face before the 1st man
hit him with a glass. The victim went to hospital the next day and
was treated for injuries to his face.
A photograph keyring was recovered by staff on the floor of the club
and police believe they could have information that could help them
find the 3 men pictured in the photograph and we have descriptions
of 2 of these men.
The 1st is described as mixed race, aged around 25 years, approx 6ft
tall of medium build with short or shaved dark hair.
The 2nd man is described as mixed race, around 6ft 2in tall, stocky
build with short dark hair.
Merseyside Police is appealing for these men to come forward and
contact St Anne Street CID on 0151 777 4064/4065, or Crimestoppers
on 0800 555 111.