Postal work­ers are saluted at Yule­tide

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SEFTON Cen­tral MP Bill Ester­son paid trib­ute to hard-work­ing postal staff on Na­tional Postal Work­ers Day.

The an­nual day of recog­ni­tion is a chance to thank the 120,000 post­men and post­women across the UK who col­lect, sort, pre­pare and de­liver let­ters, parcels and pack­ets to every sin­gle ad­dress in the coun­try.

The MP vis­ited the Maghull sort­ing of­fice to re­lay his grat­i­tude to the ded­i­cated posties in his con­stituency.

He said: “No mat­ter where you are in the UK, to wher­ever you want to reach, the Royal Mail is there to de­liver at a flat rate and with high lev­els of re­li­a­bil­ity.

“Royal Mail staff re­ally do keep the coun­try mov­ing.

“Es­pe­cially at this time of year, our posties do a fan­tas­tic job de­liv­er­ing let­ters, cards and parcels across the UK.

“They are the back­bone of our coun­try.

“It was bril­liant to be able to visit my lo­cal sort­ing of­fice and pay trib­ute in per­son.

“I saw for my­self what a mas­sive op­er­a­tion it is at this time of year in par­tic­u­lar.

“Un­der the Tories, postal work­ers have seen wors­en­ing pay and con­di­tions and the Post Of­fice net­work has been pri­va­tised and un­der­gone ag­gres­sive stream­lin­ing.

“Since pri­vati­sa­tion of the Royal Mail in 2013, more than 12,000 Royal Mail jobs have been lost and many mail cen­tres and de­liv­ery of­fices closed – with more set to be an­nounced.

“While staff are con­stantly see­ing their work­load in­crease and face the threat of the pen­sion scheme clos­ing, Royal Mail’s lat­est six month re­sults show a stag­ger­ing £70m paid out in div­i­dend to pri­vate share­hold­ers – over £700m in five years since it was pri­va­tised.

“Labour will end the clo­sure of Crown Post Of­fice branches, which play a ma­jor role in serv­ing our com­mu­ni­ties, and the next Labour Gov­ern­ment will re­v­erse the pri­vati­sa­tion of Royal Mail at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.

“Our posties are work­ing un­der in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult con­di­tions so I was de­lighted to be able to pay trib­ute to them on Na­tional Postal Work­ers Day.

“I thank each and every one of them for their ded­i­ca­tion and hard work.”

Na­tional Postal Work­ers Day took place this year on De­cem­ber 12. It is al­ways set for the day that is due to be the busiest of the year for the ser­vice.

Michael Cromble­holme with MP Bill Ester­son at Melling Pri­mary, with Michael’s sis­ter Robyn, his mum and nan; right, Michael’s win­ning de­sign

Bill Ester­son with post­men at Maghull sort­ing of­fice

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