Union members are set to gather outside Northampton’s Guildhall to protest against the planned privatisation of Royal Mail.
The Northampton branch of the Communication Workers Union are gathering outside the Guildhall at 5.30pm today, ahead of Northampton Borough Council’s full council meeting, to back the Save Our Royal Mail campaign.
The Government announced last week that it planned to privatise the service within weeks, which has led unions to threaten strike action.
Gareth Eales, the deputy branch secretary, has submitted a motion to full council in his capacity as a borough councillor.
In it, Councillor Eales (Lab, Spencer), asks: “This council recognises that the Royal Mail is part of the fabric of our nation and believes that plans for its privatisation will lead to high prices, a loss of jobs and a reduction in services for the people who need those services the most.
“Therefore we resolve that this council should formally sign the Save our Royal Mail petition to put pressure on the Government to reverse its decision and protect the country’s postal services; and that the leader of the council should write to the Secretary of State for Business and Enterprise conveying the terms of this resolution.”
Councillor Eales said a number of public speakers are expected to speak in favour of the motion.