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November 17 is announced as closing date for Paisley’s Piazza post office

Paisley MSP George Adam says workers have been treated with “disdain” 
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Paisley’s Crown post office is to finally close in a few weeks.The long running campaign to keep the Piazza-based service open was defeated earlier this year, but staff were only told recently of the date the axe falls —Thursday, November 17.

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.”

Post Office Must be Transparent About Paisley Closure Says Cabinet Secretary

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed support from the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, demanding that any changes proposed by the Post Office should be totally transparent with the public in Paisley.

 

The Post Office announced earlier this year that it was reviewing the Post Office in the Piazza with a possibility of moving the Post Office within WH Smith on the High Street.

 

George Outside Paisley Crown Post Office

George said:

 

‘ When I spoke to the Cabinet Secretary on Tuesday I was boosted by her commitment that transparency about the closure of the Post Office and its potential move.

 

‘I have already responded to the consultation stating my objection to the proposals.  Currently accessibility is a key issue.  The Piazza has parking within the complex and the town’s bus stops are right on their door.  Moving it to the High Street creates issues for those with mobility issues.

 

‘Stacey, my wife, is a wheelchair user and I can tell you from personal experience that using a wheelchair or pushing someone using a wheelchair up the gradient from the Piazza to WH Smiths is no easy task.  There is no parking at the WH Smiths store either.

 

‘But there is a wider issue.  How can the largest town in Scotland not have the capacity for a Crown Post office?

 

‘And then we have the banks that have closed in Paisley, some of them mainly state owned, telling us that we can bank at the local post office.

 

‘Maintaining footfall for other businesses should be looked at when removing a Crown Post Office.

 

‘Something is far wrong.  I have yet to meet a single person that is happy about these proposals or is happy about the information they have been provided with.

 

‘The Post Office are trying to say this is due to costs but when asked about the costs for the Paisley Post Office they refuse to answer.  How can they use an argument that they refuse to provide the information for.  This negates their argument totally.

 

‘I look forward to hearing the response from the Post Office after their consultation and hearing if the people of Paisley have been listened to’.