Privatisation making postal service worse

It seems that the closure of the Gladstone Road Post Office in Whitstable is a foregone conclusion. In a statement to the Gazette last week Post Office spokesman Cathal Wogan said: “When a preferred franchise partner is identified we will conduct a public consultation.” “When” not “If”. You should also note the sequence of events. First they intend to find the partner, and only after that will they allow us a public consultation. There will be no consultation over whether we want a franchised Post Office in the first place. Our MP, Julian Brazier, says he has no objection to … Continue reading Privatisation making postal service worse

Variation on Zero Hours Contracts at Morrisons

I was pleased to read the letter a fortnight ago from Gordon Mowatt, Managing Director of Morrison’s Local, in which he says that remarks in my column a few weeks back were “simply factually incorrect.” I’d described the jobs on offer in the new Morrison’s store, due to open in Whitstable in the near future, as “a variation on zero hours contracts”. I stand by that statement. Many of the jobs on offer are 8 hours a week. Mr Mowatt is disingenuous when he says that the reason for this is to “attract people to work in retail.” The fact … Continue reading Variation on Zero Hours Contracts at Morrisons