Greens To Campaign For A Publicly-Owned Royal Mail

Green Party autumn conference has passed an emergency motion today, stating the party’s opposition to the proposed privatisation of Royal Mail by Business Secretary Vince Cable. (1)

Adrian Ramsay, the party’s newly re-elected Deputy Leader, said the Greens were opposed to the privatisation of such an essential public service. He stressed “the fundamental importance of a strong, modern, publicly owned Royal Mail, which is available to all.” Ramsay highlighted that although many people today prefer to use alternative forms of communication, the postal service remains of vital importance to small businesses and rural communities.

During a panel at autumn conference yesterday, Billy Hayes, General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union, also emphasised the opposition of both communication workers and the public to the privatisation of Royal Mail.

Notes

1) http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/sep/10/cable-total-privatisation-royal-mail

2) The emergency motion passed today instructs GPEx (the executive of the Green Party) to join a broad campaign for a publicly owned Royal Mail as a positive alternative to the cuts and privatisation of our vital public services.

Conference notes:

The commitment this week to privatising the Royal Mail by the coalition government’s Business Secretary Vincent Cable.

The Green Party reasserts:

The fundamental importance of a strong, modern and publically owned Royal Mail. The opposition to the privatisation of the postal service by the Communication Workers Union and the public.

Conference instructs:

GPEx to campaign for a modern, publically owned Royal Mail as a positive alternative to coalition cuts and privatisation of our public services.

Proposed by: Kieran Anderson
Seconded by: Nicola Watson and 45 others

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