Postal workers are saluted at Yuletide
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