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Union calls day of action this Saturday to save Crawley Post Office

The Communication Workers Union has called the day of action across the country.

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The day is being supported by Crawley Labour and part of a nationwide campaign to halt closures like Crawley’s

Last week the CWU announced Saturday 1st December as a National Day of action across the UK as part of our campaign to fight Crown Office closures and build a stronger future for the Post Office.

One such event will be taking place this coming Saturday (1st) between 10am to 2pm outside CRAWLEY CROWN POST OFFICE, 7 THE BOULEVARD, RH10 1AA, with CWU members, local Labour Party members and supportive groups all set to join a mass protest. There will also be a public meeting to discuss the closure at 3pm in Crawley’s CIVIC HALL. Activists will be gathering signatures for the #SaveOurPostOffice campaign throughout the day.

Commenting on the plans CWU Branch Secretary Andy Morrey said:

“The Post Office is the heart of Crawley, and our union will fight to keep it open and ensure those services are there for many years to come. We urge as many members of the public as possible to join us on the day.”

CWU Regional Secretary Paul Carpenter said:

“This is a fight not only to protect local Post Offices now but to grow them in the future. We are calling for the introduction of a Post Bank so as major banks remove themselves from the High Street we can offer people an ethical and community based banking option.

We will also not sit idly by whilst well rewarded and unionised jobs are transferred into the minimum wage paying, bargain basement employer that is WHSmith. Having been voted consistently as the worst retailer on the High Street we believe WHSmith is not fit to house our vital postal services – join us on December 1st if you agree.”

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Don’t be a victim of cyber crime this Christmas says Sussex Council

Every year thousands of people become victims of online fraud and the festive season can see a rise in the number of people caught out.

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West Sussex County Council’s Community Safety and Wellbeing service is leading the way in protecting residents from becoming victims via their ‘Get Safe Online’ programme.

The programme offers fraud-prevention support and advice in a number of ways including: 

  • running online safety awareness sessions for West Sussex residents in venues across the county
  • sending fraud prevention experts to targeted community events to speak to residents
  • promoting monthly themed campaigns on key subjects such as safe online shopping. 

This month the campaign focuses on expert, easy-to-follow safety tips to help protect anyone using the internet from falling victim to seasonal scams.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said:

“It is really important that West Sussex residents are aware of what to do to remain safe online, especially in the run up to Christmas when lots of people choose to do their shopping online.

“We hope that these tips will become engrained into people’s daily lives and prevent fraud, not just for a few months of the year, but all year round.”

With their ground-breaking work, the Community Safety and Wellbeing service has recently supported Sussex Police in the development of their Volunteer Fraud Prevention Programme.

Involved in the project from its infancy, the service has helped with:

  • developing information packs that will be sent to victims, including details of how to stay safe online, identify fraud and making safe payments
  • providing local sessions and events that residents can attend to speak to experts about online safety
  • promoting information that can be accessed on the go such as the staying safe online monthly e-newsletter and the @WSxSafeOnline social media accounts.

Francesca Blow, Lead for Safe Digital Life at the county council, said: ”This programme offers victims of fraud tailored advice and support relating to the type of fraud they have been victim of. We are delighted to be able to offer a range of local resources as part of the packages sent to victims that they can attend or sign up to. These resources will help to guide and inform them about how to stay safe online and how to avoid falling victim to other scams in the future.”

To find guidance on staying safe over the festive season, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk and search ‘How to shop online safely this Christmas’. Residents can also sign up to receive the ‘Staying Safe Online’ monthly e-newsletter from the page, which sends subscribers regular advice about their digital safety and online fraud prevention.  

To find out more about the Volunteer Fraud Prevention Programme, visit www.safespacesussex.org.uk/fraud

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