December 6 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Protesters against the government’s proposed privatisation of Royal Mail marched through the centre of Norwich today, with the cry of “Royal Mail - Not For Sale”.
Members of the Communication Workers Union, other trade unions, prospective parliamentary candidates and former Norwich North MP Ian Gibson were among about close to a hundred people who took part in the march.
It started at Chapelfield Gardens and headed to the steps of City Hall, with campaigners waving placards and shouting slogans including “Royal Mail - Not For Sale” and “No ifs, no buts, no public sector cuts’.
The march arrived at City Hall shortly after 2pm, where speeches were made against the sell off, with former Labour MP Dr Gibson among those criticising the privatisation plans.
Ministers have said the flotation would allow the business to modernise, but the proposals have been attacked by unions and opposition politicians.
Paul Moffat, Eastern regional secretary for the Communication Workers Union, said: “The impact of any privatisation will be significant across the UK.
“Within the Eastern Region postal services, post offices, to rural communities will be slashed, with closures and no services provision to our communities directly affecting these communities, the vulnerable, elderly and the workforce.”
Business Minister Michael Fallon had said: “It is the final step to help modernise the business and allow it to invest in the future.”
He said the government was aiming for a majority sale so Royal Mail could access capital markets like any other British business.
He said there was “sufficient appetite” from investors to justify going ahead with the sell-off.
Two hundred jobs are set to be created after one of west Norfolk’s largest businesses was granted permission to expand its King’s Lynn facilities.