MACDONALD VOICES OPPOSITION TO ROYAL MAIL PRIVATISATION
Monday, 29 July 2013 13:12
Falkirk East’s MSP Angus MacDonald has backed the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) ‘Save Our Royal Mail’ campaign and has urged residents in his constituency to also back the CWU.
The campaign to Save Our Royal Mail represents a broad coalition of organisations with the same objectives and aims to highlight the threat an autumn Royal Mail sell off will place on postal services throughout the UK. By identifying six real threats privatisation will have on the public, the campaign is supported by groups representing a variety of interests, from the countryside, to the elderly, small businesses, the blind and the workforce.
Local MSP Angus MacDonald said:
“In my many years as a local councillor and now as the local MSP, issues around the Royal Mail and Post Offices have always generated a great deal of interest, and the CWU’s campaign against the UK Government’s privatisation plans for Royal Mail is no different.
“There are few voices in Falkirk district backing privatisation of this vital public service, which is so important to all of our communities and especially in our rural areas in the south of the Falkirk East constituency, where the Universal Service provided by Royal Mail is so important in keeping postage affordable and keeping our rural businesses competitive.
“The SNP opposes privatisation of Royal Mail with the issue raised repeatedly and often in both the Scottish and Westminster parliaments. The huge support from the public for Royal Mail as a publicly owned organisation is very clear and the volume of response to the CWU’s campaign puts further pressure on the Government.
“I sincerely hope that UK Ministers will rethink their plans on this, which is yet another example of where a Yes vote in 2014 for an Independent Scotland would give us the power to take a different road to Westminster on the future of this important public service.”