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Tuesday 15th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

by Conrad Landin and Ben Chacko, in Brighton

MINISTERS should legislate to protect daily postal deliveries, TUC Congress affirmed yesterday.

Delegates called for the public sector and workers to retain a stake in the Royal Mail in the face of the continued threat of private postal operators “cherry-picking” profitable delivery rounds.

They condemned the privatisation of the post and highlighted the failure of communications regulator Ofcom to create a level playing field.

And they argued that the insolvency of City Link and the collapse of Whistl (formerly TNT) “underlines the failure of the current regulatory framework.”

A motion from the Communication Workers Union (CWU) called for an overhall of regulation and new laws to protect the daily delivery.

CWU deputy general secretary Terry Pullinger said: “It’s something special — the commitment that whether you are in a city or in the remotest corner of Britain a postie will deliver to you, six days a week, at a uniform price.

“The sale of Royal Mail put that under threat. Now it increasingly competes against private delivery firms and operates for private profit although it retains a public service obligation written into statute.”

“We believe in natural monopolies where competition is not appropriate. Royal Mail was one of them.”

A rally to launch the People’s Post campaign in July resulted in an impromptu occupation of Parliament Square by union members.