We believe that franchising is simply privatisation by the backdoor and we seriously oppose this move. There was no negotiation and no formal engagement with the Communication Workers Union prior to the announcement of the privatisation. This move will leave the remaining Crown Offices extremely vulnerable.
At a time when the government is claiming to be on the side of workers, it is an outrage that it is allowing well rewarded jobs to go from a public service, handing them straight to a second-rate employer like WHSmith – recently rated as the worst retailer on the high street who will undoubtedly provide a significantly inferior service.
We call on you to abandon this franchising programme.