Postal workers 'sceptical' of Royal Mail share offer
ROYAL Mail workers are said to be "sceptical" of shares offered in the face of privatisation.
Union bosses said the 372 staff at the Eastern Avenue site, which is up for sale, were demoralised and many dreaded coming to work.
Yesterday, Royal Mail announced around 1,300 employees in the GL postcode area would receive free shares as it was floated on the stock market in the largest free allocation of its kind.
Moya Greene, chief executive officer of Royal Mail Group, said: "Our people are the heart of our business.
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"By owning 10 per cent of the company, together we will have a meaningful stake in the business.
"I think this will engage everyone and encourage us to continue to work together to build a great future for Royal Mail."
But Communication Workers' Union secretary for Gloucestershire Paul Trehearne described the offer as puff.
He said: "Postal workers have been caught in the past with previous share schemes and so are sceptical.
"Eastern Avenue has become one of the most demoralised work places. It is very sad and sombre, with most people dreading coming in to work.
"There are colleagues leaving on a weekly basis and it is like the breaking up of a family."
Gloucester MP Richard Graham is the secretary of the all-party parliamentary group for post offices.
He said: "It is true that privatisation is not always the right way forward for public services, and I am clear that it is not the way forward for post offices.
"I welcome the Minister's complete reassurance that post offices will remain in public service. However, I believe the only way for the business of Royal Mail to grow is to have that chance to invest in new technology."
Workers will be balloted about strike action later this month.