MP visits Wallington sorting office



December 10, 2013 5:50 PM

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake visited Royal Mail staff in the Wallington sorting office last Friday to pass on his Christmas wishes to staff at their busiest time of the year - the festive season.


He met with a number of staff to see how they were coping with the pressures of the Christmas rush and to talk about various issues, including the modernisation programme and concerns over privatisation.


Thanking the local postmen and women for their hard work, and for ensuring the safe delivery of our letters and parcels, Tom said: "The work our local postmen and women do is invaluable. I know that this is an especially demanding period for them, as they work tirelessly delivering our Christmas cards and ever-increasing numbers of parcels."

"Having seen the hard work of the staff at the delivery office, I am confident that all the Christmas cards, including the ones I will be sending out as the MP for Carshalton and Wallington, will reach everyone this Christmas."

During his visit, Tom was also quizzed about the Government's privatisation of the Royal Mail.
Commenting on the concerns raised, Tom said: "I know that many staff will be anxious about changes to the way Royal Mail operate."

"If we want to secure Royal Mail's long-term future and protect the universal service, delivering mail six days a week, across the whole country, for the same price, the company needs the funds to modernise."

"I believe that any investment should be financed with private funds, rather than taxpayer's money which needs to be spent on priority services like schools and hospitals."

"Royal Mail's employees are crucial to the company's future success. This is why the Lib Dems in government have secured an employee share scheme where roughly 150,000 employees will receive 10% of the shares of the company for free. This will strengthen employee engagement and ensure that staff have a material stake in Royal Mail's future."

On his visit, Tom was reminded that the last recommended posting date this Christmas for 1st Class mail is Friday 20th December and for 2nd Class is Wednesday 18th December. For more information on Royal Mail's activities and delivery dates throughout the Christmas season, go to www.royalmailchristmasparcels.com



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