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VOICE JULY | AUGUST 2011
FEATURE CAMPAIGNS UPDATE
Campaigners plan a summer demonstration at Royal Mail's central London headquarters in their bid to save the closure-threatened Childsplay Nursery at the company's Mount Pleasant site...
ollowing a series of top-level meetings with Royal Mail and both government and opposition MPs, the CWU is determined to keep the issue high on the agenda as the November shutdown date draws nearer. Last month, north London MP Emily Thornberry (Islington South and Finsbury) met Alitha Weir, Royal Mail London HR, after which the company indicated that it was now willing to meet with the CWU. And in a separate development, the head of the company which runs the nursery - Kiddy Care boss Nadine Farringdon - has had a meeting with Children and Families Minister Sarah Teather. CWU head of equalities Linda Roy said: "Royal Mail’s senior London management came to CWU headquarters last week for a meeting with us but, although it was good to discuss the issue, we didn’t detect any movement from
Mums and dads tell CWUTV why the nursery is so important
them. They’re still insisting that the issue is one of cost. "We're determined to find a way to keep Childsplay open and we've asked the company for a detailed breakdown of costs, in the hope that, together, we can look at practical ways we can save the nursery. "A few years ago, there was a similar threat of closure, but, working together with Royal Mail, we were able to agree a way forward that kept it open," added Linda. "Now as then, there are alternatives to closure and we're determined to persuade the company to think again." The summer protest is aimed at keeping the issue high on the agenda. This will be the second demonstration against the closure. Back in May, parents and their children demonstrated outside the Mount Pleasant site in north London, chanting: "Save our Nursery" and waving their home-made campaign placards.
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During the protest, passers-by stopped to voice their support - many signing the local branch's petition - and local media reported the story, which seems to have struck a chord of sympathy with many members of the public. CWU London regional secretary Jim Kirwan, who is helping to coordinate the campaign, said: "Childsplay is a fantastic facility which benefits employees and the
business and Royal Mail should be trumpeting its success not running it down. "We will do all we can to find a solution and, at the same time, we're going to raise the public profile of this campaign right across the city." V
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Voice: Postal - July/August 2011
Voice: Postal - July/august 2011
General Secretary’s Column
Improving Job Security for All
The Latest Industry News
Child’s Play at Mount Pleasant
Shaping Up to Meet Future Challenges
CWU Salures CUPW-Sttp & TUC Awards
News Updates From the Telecoms Industry
General Strike Now Needed!
Epic Relay for CWUHA
Voice: Postal - July/August 2011