Job ad­verts go out over post of­fice move

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE - KAREN BRIT­TON

JOBS have been ad­ver­tised for pro­posed new post of­fice coun­ters at WHSmith – even though an an­nounce­ment on whether ser­vices will move to the shop is yet to be made.

Bosses pro­pose clos­ing the ded­i­cated Crown Post Of­fice branch on Cas­tle Street in Mac­cles­field and mov­ing ser­vices to the high street newsagent on Mill Street in­stead.

The plan has sparked out­rage among res­i­dents who have fears it could re­sult in fewer jobs, a re­duc­tion in ser­vices and longer queues for cus­tomers. The Ex­press is cam­paign­ing against the pro­pos­als.

There was a con­sul­ta­tion in De­cem­ber and the town has been wait­ing for a for­mal decision from the Post Of­fice, with many hop­ing bosses will do a u-turn and keep the Crown branch open.

A decision is ex­pected in early Fe­bru­ary.

How­ever, WHSmith is al­ready ad­ver­tis­ing for staff to run the new post of­fice coun­ters, plac­ing a poster in the shop win­dow to ad­ver­tise the va­can­cies.

Ian Hem­mings, of Ash­brook Road, Bolling­ton, con­tacted the Ex­press after see­ing the ad­vert for counter as­sis­tants and man­age­rial po­si­tions.

He said: “Pub­lic ser­vices should re­main pub­lic. “We need to know what guar­an­tees there are that the Post Of­fice coun­ters will re­main open.”

A Post Of­fice spokesman said the or­gan­i­sa­tion is work­ing with WHSmith to en­sure trained staff are on hand at the pro­posed new branch, whether they are em­ploy­ees at the cur­rent branch or new faces.

He said: “WHSmith has started ad­ver­tis­ing to en­sure they are pre­pared if the move goes ahead.

“This does not pre­judge the con­sul­ta­tion and it is mis­lead­ing and un­true to sug­gest oth­er­wise.

“There will be no com­pul­sory re­dun­dan­cies.

“Post Of­fice will work to en­sure the needs of branch col­leagues are met, whether that is a trans­fer to the new em­ployer, re­de­ploy­ment in the Post Of­fice or a com­pro­mise pack­age.”

The move would go ahead in March if ap­proved. WHSmith would un­dergo a re­fur­bish­ment to ac­com­mo­date ser­vices and cre­ate six new post of­fice coun­ters.

The company did not re­spond to our re­quest for a com­ment.

●● The sign in the win­dow at WHSmith

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