Renationalise Royal Mail or lose millions in donations, CWU tells Ed Miliband
Labour must agree to renationalise Royal Mail within three years of coming to power or lose millions in donations, postal unions say.
Bit of a bugger, eh?
Billy Hayes, the CWU’s general secretary, said: “Privatisation is an old-fashioned idea. We’ve seen it fail in areas such as the rail industry where prices have soared and safety standards and services to customers were left in disarray.
“Our conference will be re-stating the CWU’s opposition to the planned privatisation of Royal Mail which we don\’t believe is in the interests of customers, the workforce or the wider industry.
“We want a modern Royal Mail in full public ownership and able to deliver the universal service six days a week to all parts of the UK. We’ve had the full support of the Labour Party in that desire in the past and have no reason to believe that will not be so again.”
Here\’s the problem with this desire: the EU won\’t let you do that.
Oh, the Mail can be publicly owned, that\’s not a problem. But it must be possible for others to compete with it on an entirely level playing field. Something which obviously precludes any form of public subsidy to the Mail.
And the Royal Mail cannot operate as is without public subsidy. Thus it must be privatised in order to be able to raise the capital to modernise.
What the CWU or the Labour Party want doesn\’t really come into it.