Jobs still in the bal­ance

MSP blasts de­ci­sion de­lay

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Mark Pirie

Post Of­fice bosses have been branded “ridicu­lous” as staff at an East Kil­bride branch still wait to find out their fate.

A year ago the News revealed con­tro­ver­sial plans to fran­chise the town cen­tre post of­fice had been res­ur­rected.

Just 18 months after man­age­ment had re­versed their de­ci­sion to fran­chise the branch, it was con­firmed they had once again launched a search to find a pri­vate part­ner.

Staff at the Cornwall Street Post Of­fice were informed of the de­ci­sion.

How­ever, 12 months on they are no closer to find­ing out their fu­ture.

The last bat­tle to stop East Kil­bride’s main post of­fice be­com­ing a fran­chise rum­bled on for over two years and won pub­lic support.

East Kil­bride MSP Linda Fabi­ani has called for staff to fi­nally be informed of the fu­ture plans for the branch.

The SNP MSP said. “The fact that both staff and cus­tomers are left none the wiser a year on from the an­nounce­ment of plans to fran­chise is ridicu­lous.

“This is a process the branch knows too well and it is about time a de­ci­sion is made once and for all.

“It is im­per­a­tive the de­ci­sion-mak­ers keep ev­ery­one fully up to date – staff should not be kept in the dark and they de­serve to know what the plans are.”

A Post Of­fice spokesman said any de­ci­sion af­fect­ing the main East Kil­bride branch would be taken to a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion be­fore plans go for­ward.

He said: “It can un­der­stand­ably take some time for us to fi­nalise plans for any changes to one of our di­rectly-man­aged branches.

“As soon as we have any news on our East Kil­bride branch, we will first up­date our staff and then be­gin a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion so that our cus­tomers will have the op­por­tu­nity to feed back on our pro­posed plans for the branch.”

Staff should not be kept in the dark...

Hit­ting out East Kil­bride MSP Linda Fabi­ani

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