The government is set to announce the sale of the world’s oldest postal service, the Royal Mail, in the next few days. Right now, the government is scouring the world for anyone who is willing to buy it -- foreign postal services, hedge funds, or City speculators. This means we’ve only got a few days to persuade Michael Fallon, the minister in charge, that the government has got this wrong.
The Royal Mail is more than just any old business, its part of our landscape. It’s as British as the Queen, red phone boxes and a good cuppa. But if the government gets its way, the Royal Mail is about to be ripped from the heart of our communities and put into the hands of private shareholders.
A newly privatised Royal Mail will jack up prices, end its expensive UK-wide service and shut down rural postal services. We have a chance to stop this and save our Royal Mail from being flogged off -- but we have to act quickly.
Sign our petition: Save the Royal Mail from privatisation.
Long gone are the days when the Royal Mail was overstaffed, inefficient and loss-making. Last year, Royal Mail delivered over £600 million in profit back to taxpayers and is set to do so again this year. The proposed sell-off isn’t about efficiency or providing a better service, but is about getting some quick cash for George Osborne and the government in time for a pre-election giveaway.
The government thinks it can flog off the Royal Mail without so much as a fuss. But we have the power to change this. If thousands of us make our voices heard now, the government will have to think again.
Sign the petition now to keep the Royal Mail in public hands.
We’ve seen how the government backs down in the face of public pressure before. They panicked about NHS reform, backtracked over taxing caravans and pasties, and U-turned over the sale of the nation’s forests. If thousands of us act now we can force them to back down again.