New Parcelforce jobs receive qualified welcome

CWU has given a qualified welcome to the news of a £75 million investment by Royal Mail in the Parcelforce business which the company says will create 1,000 new jobs.

The investment over a four year period will see a new parcels processing plant established at Chorley in addition to the hub at Coventry. There will also be new hubs in Hampshire and Cornwall with expansion of nine existing centres.

Dave Ward
Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, welcomed the news of new jobs, but said it should be taken in the context of overall business change which has seen thousands of job losses in recent years. "Royal Mail Group's announcement that 1,000 jobs will be created in Parcelforce is good news for people seeking decent jobs within the mail industry, but it won't lead to an increase in Royal Mail Group's workforce" he explained.

"In truth, this project has already been several months in the making and CWU is involved in talks about how and where these jobs will be created, including the possibility of people transferring from other parts of the group where jobs are being lost," said Dave.

"These jobs will go some way to easing the impact of jobs lost elsewhere in the company as huge changes are brought in to address the altering profile of mail. Working with the CWU, Royal Mail - unlike many private mail companies - has created good quality, and secure jobs with decent pay, terms and conditions."

Royal Mail
Royal Mail Group's Chief Executive Moya Greene said: "Our £75 million investment is part of Royal Mail Group's strategy to grow its parcels businesses in the UK and overseas. Our strategy is to convert the rise in parcel volumes in to profitable growth. That means becoming a much more customer-focused company being run on commercial lines and investing in new, vital technology."

The announcement has been welcomed by the government, particularly with claims of 1,000 new jobs resulting.

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