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Post Office Threatens Postmasters

by | 3rd, August 2007

WITH post offices closing, local shops usurped by supermarket giants, church attendances dropping and pubs turfing out their smoking clientele, Britons will probably find a better sense of community on Facebook than on their high streets.

The plan to close 2,500 rural post office branches in the next 18 months is set to have a devastating affect on small communities throughout the country and now it has been revealed that unhappy postmasters who speak out against the closures are being threatened with having their £60,000 compensation pay-outs rescinded.

The Mail also reveals that Post Office bosses told postmasters exactly how to answer questions from worried customers, warning that undercover staff are making sure they complied.

A letter sent out to postmasters says: ‚ÄúRepresentatives of Post Office Limited will visit branches at random, on an anonymous basis, to ensure these key messages are being delivered in an accurate and professional manner. Any compensation package offered to you if your branch is selected for closure shall be subject to you having complied, and continuing to comply, up to the date of closure.”

By the end of 2008, almost 40 per cent of all post offices open when New Labour came to power in 1997, will have been closed, reducing the number from 19,000 to approximately 11,800.

Postman Pat will be kicking his black and white cat.

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