Disastrous decision making at Royal Mail has led to chaos across our local postal system. I have been contacted by hundreds of my constituents who are waiting for urgent post and parcels ahead of Christmas.
The problems are particularly acute in SE22. Ever since Royal Mail closed the Silvester Road delivery office in 2018, SE22 residents have faced endless disruption to their postal services. Royal Mail’s management have refused to take any responsibility and instead repeatedly blame striking workers, despite these issues starting more than four years before the current strikes.
Postal workers have served the public tirelessly throughout the pandemic, often acting as a lifeline for isolated residents unable to leave their homes. They are now facing a real terms pay cut in the face of soaring inflation and being forced into changes to their terms and conditions at a time when Royal Mail is giving over £567m to its shareholders.
I stand in solidarity with our postal workers. Today, with local councillors in SE22 where the problems are particularly acute, I have written to Royal Mail to urge them to remove the threats to staff terms and conditions and to reconsider the disastrous closure of the SE22 delivery office. I have written separately to Royal Mail about the problems in other postcode areas that local residents have contacted me about in recent weeks. You can read both letters here>>