Royal Mail plans to close East London centre
Proposals have been announced by Royal Mail to close its East London Mail Centre which unions claim would result in the loss of 700 jobs.
The Communication Workers Union is campaigning to save the depot at Twelve Trees Crescent, which serves the whole of north and east London including Canary Wharf.
The union said if the closure goes ahead it would result in a deterioration in the quality of service and would be of "severe detriment" to both local businesses and the community.
John Ayres, CWU area distribution representative, said: "During a time of financial austerity this decision makes no business sense at all.
"The truth is this decision is geared for a full sell off of Royal Mail to private profiteers, placing profit before service."
A spokesman for Royal Mail said: "No final decisions have been made but it is recognised by both Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union that we have more mail centres than we need due to lower volumes of mail and a significant reduction is required."