Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, today (24th April 2012) expressed anger following revelations in a national newspaper that Royal Mail executives had paid out £1 million for luxury offices and furnishings, whilst staff are being made redundant and the stamp price hike is now less than a week away.
“Frankly these latest revelations are disgraceful. We’ve been told of the cuts that need to be made following the loss of £41 million from its letters and parcels division but it seems pretty obvious that the burden is being shifted onto customers and lower level staff. Meanwhile, executives in their plush offices overlooking the Thames have spent £100, 000 on ‘Italian chairs’.
“This is a slap in the face to many people in my constituency who will be hit hard once the new stamp prices come into effect from Monday. In particular pensioners for whom sending a letter is the only way they can keep in touch with distant relatives.”
Colin Bowmaker, Guisborough postal worker and Communication Workers Union representative, said:
“The double standards shown by Royal Mail executives are unacceptable. We fought a long campaign to keep Guisborough Sorting Office open and we now face a similar situation for the one in South Bank. All the while hundreds of thousands of pounds has been spent on luxury furnishings and flights abroad for London executives.”