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And the town’s MSP, George Adam, discovered the news from the Paisley Daily Express before hitting out angrily at the treatment of the workforce.
He blasted: “Once again, it would seem that the workers at the post office and the people of Paisley are being treated with disdain.
“I have been told that the Piazza post office is being closed in less than three weeks, but not from the Post Office itself, of course.
“I’m sure that you might think they would contact the representative of the town before such a dreadful action, just a few weeks before Christmas. Alas, it wouldn’t surprise me.”
He added: “‘I took part in the consultation.
“And it was during that consultation where it was discovered the Post Office was already advertising for staff at the new location, as revealed by the Paisley Daily Express.
“And that was before a decision had been made.
“I am still waiting to hear about the responses to the consultation and the numbers in favour of the Piazza location closing.
“Speaking to people around the town, there is a bad smell about this whole process.
“There has been talk of ‘sham’ and ‘done deal’ and, at the moment, I have no evidence to contradict these calls.”
The post office is to be moved to
WH Smith, in Paisley High Street, where work is underway at the back of the store to build glass-fronted counters.
A spokesman for the Communications Workers Union said: “It is all very sad.
“It seems to have been a foregone conclusion that Paisley Crown post office would close from the start.
“It will become a franchise and that is always a worry too for new terms and conditions for any staff who transfer over.
“But, so far, we have not had word of any staff deciding to make that move.
“So it looks very much like when the post office closes in the Piazza, then the jobs finish there too. Again, it’s very sad.
“We are not sure even if the WH Smith post office will be opening immediately after the Piazza branch closes.
“We had 373 Crown post offices in 2012 and today we have 301.
“That shows the loss of a great service to the public.”
A Post Office spokeswoman said: “Our plans to move are continuing and the new branch will open on November 17.
“The current branch will operate until normal closing time hopefully on November 16.”
She added: “There are 14 staff at the current branch seven part-time and seven full-time.
“The staff can transfer to WHSmith in line with TUPE legislation.
“We support employees who don’t want to take up this option, exploring redeployment opportunities, or leaving under a settlement agreement.
“We’ve got a good track record on this and we’re discussing options with people on an individual basis.”
Meanwhile, Paisley MP Mhairi Black said:“It is very disappointing that the Post Office has decided to go ahead with this move, despite the people of Paisley sending a clear message that they disagree with the plans.
“The problems identified during the consultation process remain and I hope that the Post Office will take them into consideration when implementing the move.
“It remains to be seen whether the feedback myself and others provided to the Post Office will be listened to when it opens up in WH Smith, and I will be making sure to visit the new post office when it opens.”