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BLACK COUNTRY POST JOB FEARS

03-02-2010

Bilston postal workers

The legacy of outgoing Royal Mail boss Adam Crozier is ever lengthening queues in the nation’s shrinking collection of post offices – not to mention job insecurity for dozens of workers at a Black Country sorting office.

Dozens of staff protested in Bilston yesterday over the threat of shifting their operation to Tipton.

Local reps from the CWU union fear an amalgamation of the two sorting offices, after seeing leaked documents – and although the company insists there are no plans for a merger, employees are understandably wary given its recent history of downsizing - an astonishing 60,000 jobs over the last six years.

None of this will bother Crozier, who has been amply rewarded for wielding the axe. He'll walk away with a £2m bonus, and stands to gain a reported £15million from his new post as chief executive of ITV.

One man it should concern, though, is the Postal Affairs Minister MP Pat McFadden who would be well advised to soothe workers’ fears – not least because his Wolverhampton South West constituency includes Bilston.

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