Jobs at new post of­fice re­vealed

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

WHSMITH bosses say they have re­cruited ten mem­bers of staff to run their new post of­fice - the same num­ber that run the cur­rent Crown Post of­fice.

Two ex­ist­ing post of­fice em­ploy­ees will trans­fer to the new venue at WHSmith on Mill Street.

It was an­nounced last month that the cen­tral Crown Post Of­fice branch on Cas­tle Street is closing and a fran­chise will open at WHSmith in­stead.

The de­ci­sion was met with dis­ap­point­ment from town lead­ers and res­i­dents who are con­cerned about the level of ser­vice and that there will be longer queues.

There have also been con­cerns over jobs losses.

Now WHSmith has an­nounced that the com­pany has re­cruited the same num­ber of staff for the new branch. Coun Janet Jack­son, Macclesfield mayor, said she is pleased about the job num­bers but wants as­sur­ances over pay and con­di­tions. She said: “was very dis­ap­pointed that the Post Of­fice over­ruled the views of the peo­ple who ob­jected and made the de­ci­sion to close the Crown branch.

“I’m yet to be con­vinced it’s the right lo­ca­tion. We need to know that ser­vices will be the same and that staff will be paid the same.

“We need well paid ex­pe­ri­enced staff in our post of­fice and not a dumbed down ser­vice.”

A WHSmith spokesman said po­si­tions in­clude a manager, as­sis­tant manager and full and part time counter clerks and all have been filled.

The new branch will open on Thurs­day, March 5, with open­ing hours from 9am to 5.30pm Mon­day to Satur­day and 11am to 3pm on Sun­days.

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