Revolt over post office closures
WORKERS, APR 2008 ISSUE
Angry customers of Orford Road Post Office, in Walthamstow, East London, staged a "queue-in" on 15 March to protest at its planned closure.
Teas were served and petitions signed, as the long queue snaked down the road. Like many threatened branches, 1 in 5 of the total, this one is a bustling, busy office at the heart of a community. Of 2,500 proposed closures, many are even profitable, but the Post Office refuses to make the figures public.
It's hard for offices to be viable when so much business, like benefit payments, has been taken away, but who said they have to make a profit anyway? MPs who voted for closure are now worried at local reaction around the country and are hurrying to join campaigns.