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The proposed closure of Gloucester Mail Centre has included the following media exposure -

Please Note - whilst many links will lead to The Citizen website, letters and reports will also have featured in The Echo and The Forrester

(Some links are to documents written in Microsoft Word. If you have difficulty opening the file, a "reader" can be downloaded HERE)

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28th September 2007 Another letter to The Citizen
26th September 2007 Another mention in the letters page in The Citizen
24th September 2007 An article in The Citizen, by Gloucester MP Parmjit Dhanda
22nd September 2007 Further coverage of Royal Mail's U-turn, from The Citizen
21st September 2007
Coverage of Royal Mail's decision not to close Gloucester Mail Centre. Yet.
BBC News website

The Citizen

Even The Mirror

Royal Mail's Press Release

Banner from The Citizen

27th August 2007 A report in The Citizen, regarding how, despite the threat of closure, Gloucester's postal workers are amongst the most generous, when it comes to donating to charity.
23rd July 2007 An article in The Citizen, supporting Postal Workers.
16th July 2007 A letter to The Citizen criticising Gloucester MP Parmjit Dhanda's role in the campaign
14th July 2007 Another letter to The Citizen
27th June 2007 A report on the March & Rally on the Socialist Worker Website
26th June 2007 Another letter to The Citizen

The speech given by Billy Hayes at the March & Rally has been added to his Blog

There is also a mention of the March & Rally on Parmjit Dhanda's site

25th June 2007 Coverage in The Citizen of our March & Rally. There is also a Comment piece, about the proposed closure.
23rd June 2007 A report in The Citizen of the forthcoming March & Rally
22nd June 2007 A letter to The Citizen

Meanwhile, BBC News reports that the A417 around Crickley Hill is the third worst accident blackspot in the West of England, with 17 incidents in under 6 months.

20th June 2007 A mention of the forthcoming March & Rally and the issues behind it on the Socialist Worker website.
14th June 2007 Another letter to The Citizen
11th June 2007 An article in The Citizen regarding the effects on small businesses, should there be a postal strike, including comments from local Branch Secretary Paul Trehearne
2nd June 2007 A letter to The Citizen
7th May 2007 Another letter to The Citizen
5th May 2007 A letter to The Citizen, from Deputy Branch Secretary Ian Trehearne
2nd May 2007 A report in The Citizen, with Royal Mail refuting suggestions that the planned closure will be delayed until 2009
1st May 2007 An article has appeared in the Gloucester Oracle, speaking of the proposed closure of the Mail Centre. Read The Article
27th April 2007 Another letter to The Citizen
26th April 2007 A letter in The Citizen
24th April 2007 Another letter to The Citizen
7th April 2007 Yet another letter to The Citizen
6th April 2007 Another letter in The Citizen
4th April 2007 An article on the Socialist Worker website reports on last Saturday's March & Rally in Coventry and includes an interview with Gloucester CWU Branch Secretary Paul Trehearne
3rd April 2007 An article in The Citizen, with Parmjit Dhanda and Paul Trehearne calling for the City Council to find an alternative site for the Mail Centre

A mention on the BBC News website, regarding The CWU meeting Royal Mail management.

2nd April 2007 An article in The Citizen by Martin Kirby. Read The Article

An article regarding the proposed closures of Gloucester and Reading Mail Centres has appeared in The Post Worker newspaper. Read The Article

27th March 2007 Union Representative Shaun Shute joined Gloucester MP Parmjit Dhanda to discuss the proposed Mail Centre closure on the Mark Cummings show for BBC Radio Gloucestershire
22nd March 2007 A letter in The Citizen
20th March 2007 The latest edition of Parliamentary News, produced by Gloucester MP Parmjit Dhanda, includes an article on our campaign. See The Article
17th March 2007 Another letter in The Citizen
9th March 2007 Following the Press Release, below, an article is printed in The Citizen, with a response by Royal Mail. There is also a mention of the results in their Comment Column
7th March 2007 Following consultation with the local members, the CWU have issued a Press Release, detailing six alternative options to Royal Mail's plans, and the local member's lack of desire to relocate to Swindon. Read The Press Release
30th January 2007 A couple of articles have been produced by the local political parties -

Liberal Democrat Spotlight

Labour Rose

27th January 2007 An article in The Citizen, regarding the granting of planning permission in Swindon.
25th January 2007 A letter in The Citizen, regarding the difficulties facing Royal Mail
8th January 2007 An article on the future of the Post Office, in Bristol & Gloucestershire Voice Of Business

An article by Parmjit Dhanda MP, in Quedgeley News

6th January 2007 Gloucester MP Parmjit Dhanda offers his continued support for our campaign, in his weekly column for The Citizen
3rd January 2007 An article by columnist Peter Arnold in The Citizen
27th December 2006 A report in The Citizen on Parmjit Dhanda MP's Christmas visit to the Mail Centre
20th December 2006 Some more letters to The Citizen
19th December 2006 An article, referring to the future of the Post Office, appears in The Citizen

There are also a series of letters in The Citizen

16th December 2006 As Gloucester selects a new Conservative Parliamentary candidate, he mentions our campaign in an article in The Citizen
15th December 2006 Gloucester MP, Parmjit Dhanda, uses his weekly column in The Citizen to write about the proposed closure of the Mail Centre. Read The Article

An article in The Citizen, quoting County MP's comments on the proposed future changes to the Post Office.


Another letter in The Citizen

14th December 2006 An article in The Citizen, regarding last posting times for what could be the last Christmas
A report of how Royal Mail failed to follow their own Industrial Relations guidelines features in the CWU newspaper The Voice.
12th December 2006 A busy day for The Citizen, with four letters.
11th December 2006 Another two letters in The Citizen
6th December 2006 Another two letters in The Citizen
5th December 2006 A further two letters in The Citizen
2nd December 2006 A letter of response in The Citizen
1st December 2006 Royal Mail try to explain their  plans to The Citizen
28 November 2006 Coverage in The Citizen of last Wednesday's County Council meeting, which unanimously backed our campaign.
21 November 2001 A report in The Citizen, of the forthcoming City Council meeting, which will discuss Royal Mail's plans
16th November 2006 As reported in The Citizen, Forest Of Dean Councillors are concerned at the proposed move
13th November 2006 Another new letter in The Citizen
6th November 2006 Another letter to The Citizen
3 November 2006 An article appeared in The Citizen about Andrea Brushneen and her family, some of whom still work at the Mail Centre.
27 October 2006 Another letter in The Citizen
24  October 2006 Support is forthcoming from a local Councillor, as reported in The Citizen notice board

A notice board at the Mail Centre, showing just some of the media coverage

23 October 2006 Whilst some companies are prepared to invest 1 Billion in Gloucester, as reported in The Citizen, Royal Mail are only interested in removing jobs and money from the City.
21 October 2006 Coverage of local MPs tabling of an Early Day Motion in Parliament is covered in The Citizen, along with another two letters.

There is also an online discussion forum at The Gloucestershire Message Boards

18 October 2006 Another four letters appear in The Citizen
1 2 3 4

Branch Secretary Paul Trehearne has already replied to Mr Hunt's letter -

'Further to W Hunt's comments 18th October I would like to stress that we are not presenting ourselves as charity case but as a group of loyal and dedicated employees attempting to galvanise public support via the local media. There is a lot of political activity going on behind the scenes. If W Hunt wishes to contact us to offer his/her assistance we will be glad to share his/her knowledge. As of today (18th October) no employee at Gloucestershire's Mail Centre or their Union representatives have had access to the feasibility study. Once this information has been shared with us our campaign will be put into action. As we have stated in previous articles in the newspapers, we will NOT rule out the use of Industrial Action at the appropriate time. This decision will not be taken lightly and only when it is absolutely necessary.'

13 October 2006 Royal Mail Chairman Alan Leighton upsets more Customers, according to The Daily Mail

Another letter to The Citizen

11 October 2006 Further letters to The Citizen
10 October 2006 A second special edition of the CWU Branch Magazine. Read The Magazine. (Needs Microsoft Publisher, to open) Read Text Only Version
6 October 2006 Further coverage in The Citizen
5 October 2006 Further coverage in The Citizen

Letters to The Citizen

4 October 2006 Coverage of plans to oppose closure at Citizen Website

A special edition of the CWU Branch Magazine is issued. Read The Magazine (Needs Microsoft Publisher, to open) Read Text Only Version

28 September 2006 Coverage of reaction at Citizen Website

A Branch Bulletin was issued to staff. Read The Bulletin

27 September 2006 A letter was sent to all of Gloucestershire's Members of Parliament. Read The Letter

A Press Release was issued by the local branch of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) Read The Press Release

Interviews With staff, Union and Royal Mail, by Central News and BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

Coverage on Western Daily Press Website

Coverage on BBC Website

Coverage on Citizen Website

If you have seen or heard other coverage, please let me know


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