Gordon is celebrating National Postal Workers Day, ahead of his visit to Blackpool Delivery Office this Saturday for Christmas.

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Gordon, a member of the Communications Workers Union, the trade union that represents postal workers, is using the day to praise local posties for their tireless work throughout the year and over the Christmas period.

He said: “I always look forward to visiting Blackpool Delivery Office every Christmas and it’s an opportunity to hear from the staff about how their year has been. It’s not until you actually visit the sorting office at Faraday Way, that you appreciate the scale of the operation to deliver all the mail we send over the Christmas period. It’s important we thank them for everything they do – on National Postal Workers Day I will be doing just that.”

Gordon, a vocal opponent of the Tory privatisation of the Royal Mail in 2013, has also accused Government Ministers of letting down postal workers across the North West. He said: “The Tory privatisation of Royal Mail was one of the biggest policy failures when it was sold off at below market price.

“The outcome of that unwanted privatisation has left us here in Blackpool with a town centre post office counter, ignominiously tucked away downstairs in WH Smiths. This is a sorry substitute for the imposing Central Post Office on Abingdon Street that we once had. That’s why I am also supporting the current action and campaigning by the CWU in the defence of the remaining crown post offices in the region, which is also supported by fellow Labour MPs in the North West.

“The Tories have pursued a strategy of managed decline to our postal network. The next Labour Government will bring the Royal Mail back into public ownership so that any profits are reinvested back into the company so both workers and customers benefit.”

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