Press release: First Minister Alex Salmond backs campaign to save Royal Mail

First Minister Alex Salmond backs campaign to save Royal Mail

Opposition to the UK Government’s plans to privatise Royal Mail continues to grow.

Today Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, publicly backed the Save Our Royal Mail campaign.

Mr Salmond said:

“The Scottish Government recognises the vital importance of postal services to sustaining communities across Scotland and that is why we are making a clear commitment that an independent Scotland will match – as a minimum standard – the universal service obligation of the UK Government, ensuring people across Scotland continue to receive the postal service they expect.”

Mr Salmond pointed out that the majority of Scottish MPs had voted against the privatisation plan.

He added:

“We will be keeping a close eye on Westminster’s privatisation agenda, which will determine the postal service Scotland inherits on independence.”

Save Our Royal Mail, Campaign Director, Mario Dunn, said:

“The UK Government has failed to address the realities this privatisation will bring. People in rural communities, like those across Scotland, will see the service they rely upon reduced significantly while prices will rise disproportionately. The public are strongly opposed to the UK Government’s plan to push ahead with this deeply unpopular privatisation.

“Over 150,000 people have now signed petitions opposing the sale of Royal Mail. They are asking the UK Government to think again. Yet the UK Government is continuing to ignore the public and have appointed banks, marketing agencies and stock brokers – all of whom are set to pocket tens of millions of pounds of taxpayer’s money – to push ahead with the sale.

“Scotland perhaps more than anywhere will lose out because of this privatisation”.

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