A few months ago, I wrote a comment piece for the Guardian’s website outlining an alternative plan for Royal Mail. Instead of privatising it or keeping in its current hierarchical nationalised form, I argued that it should be put into true public ownership with the workers in control.
Alas, it appears the plans to privatise the service are moving ahead, a move I fear will destroy the service. As a result, I want to voice my support for tomorrow’s Keep the Post Public rally and hope it can make an impact, but I would urge the participants to have a look at my idea and see if it can be put forward. Privatisation would be a disaster for the Royal Mail, but the last few years of business-focused national ownership haven’t been any good either.
“We can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old
For the union makes us strong.”