Post Offices - the truth about the other Parties' records...
There is a press report from the European Parliament following the recent proposals at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/expert/background_page/056-8767-190-07-28-909-20070703BKG08766-09-07-2007-2007-false/default_en.htm
And the transcript of the debate - http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+CRE+20070710+ITEM-005+DOC+XML+V0//EN&language=EN On this page you can access 'explanation of votes' (middle right), which are quite interesting! They make clear where, unfortunately, the Members of Parliament of other Parties actually stand, on this issue, their local protestations notwithstanding...
Greens put in an amendment to the new Directive when it came before the European Parliament in July 2007 saying 'to the extent necessary to ensure the maintenance of the universal service, member states may continue to reserve services to universal service providers'. None of the other Parties supported it.
Greens also opposed fixing in advance a deadline for the expiry of the old system because consultation with social actors indicated that more time was needed to find a proportional and equitable means of maintaining guarantees of universal service again, no support from other political parties.
The Commission wanted to make it voluntary for governments to lay down any conditions on rights of workers and other social and working provisions for the providers of services outside the scope of universal service. Greens said this should be mandatory none of the other Parties agreed.
Is it any wonder that we say that only the Green Party can be trusted to defend the Post Offices: locally, nationally, and internationally?
In the European Parliament, I would join other Greens in truly defending the postal service from being dismantled.