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Ipswich: Sorting office faces uncertain future

11:26 10 November 2012

Ipswich Post Office sorting office

Ipswich Post Office sorting office

THE future of the sorting office in Ipswich is today under threat as the Royal Mail has started a review of its operations.

The office, in Commercial Road, employs 230 people sorting letters and parcels – and those jobs could be under threat if it closes.

Work would be expected to transfer to large sorting offices at Chelmsford and Norwich.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Mail said: “It is too early to say what the impact on these people will be as this depends on the outcome of the consultation with our unions and our people.

“Royal Mail’s aim is to minimise any job reductions. Our intention is to make changes without compulsory redundancies.

“By asking people to demonstrate reasonable flexibility, we expect to be able to find roles for everyone who wants to continue to work for Royal Mail.”

The review is expected to be completed by March next year, and the final decision is due to be made in May.

Earlier this week it was announced that Cambridge sorting office would close in 2014 and its work would be transfered to Chelmsford and Peterborough.

6 comments

  • Its a joke really. I have no sympathy for Royal Mail staff when they raised the cost of a 1st Class stamp to 60p and second class to 50p. Its no wonder people send emails, they are instant and free ! I went to the post office the other day and got told it would cost me £28.00 to send a package to my brother in london. It was cheaper for me to buy a one way ticket on the train and send the parcel up sitting in a seat, then my brother pick it up off the train !

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    the opinion man

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • I wonder if 'reasonable flexibility' will mean that people can keep their jobs so long as they're willing to travel to Norwich or Chelmsford every day? That would just not be possible for many people but it means that Royal Mail will be able to say it was their choice to give up their jobs and therefore not have to pay out for redundancies! Yet another nail in the coffin for Ipswich.

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    MZH

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • So they will transfer the operation to Chelmsford they couldn't do no worse ...lost letters ..1st post at 4pm ....look what happened when the Evening sorry Ipswich Star transferred to Archant in Norwich ..the individuality of the company VANISHED..

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    ukmartian

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • I wonder whats going to happen if, like us. you get a delivery that can't be pushed through the letterbox and you've got a postman who can't be bothered to ring the bell or knock at the door despite the fact that we are at home! Ours has done this on several occasions which means he just shoves a card through the letterbox and we have to take a trip to the sorting office to pick it up and do half his job for him! I suppose now they think we'll get a train to Chelmsford or Peterborough to pick it up!! It's like everything else in this naff country, the more you pay the worse the service gets.

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    planeman

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Will this move improve on the 1st class "next day" delivery - which never happens these days. For mail to be collected in the afternoon, be transported out of the county and then back in again must surely lower the chances of delivery the next day. (Note I say day, not morning).

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Great if it shuts then more delays to our post and delivered later and later.

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    K Mcc

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

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