Postmasters call on Minister to withdraw new social protection forms

June 8th 2015. Postmasters are calling on the Minister for Social Protection to withdraw new Social Protection forms – which recommend payment through banks and discourage use of the Post Office. The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) said that all Post Offices will be under threat of closure if Social Protection transaction business is taken away. The IPU said members were shocked to receive the new forms in recent weeks which ‘recommend’ direct payment of social protection payments to bank accounts as the ‘best payment option’. The new forms only reference using the Post Office for those who ‘don’t have Bank Accounts’. The IPU has written to the Minister for Social Protection, […]

Postmasters to rally against government if Post Office demands not delivered before General Election

April 15 2015. Postmasters are to mount a nationwide campaign for people to vote against the Government if action is not taken on sustaining Post Offices before the next General Election. Speaking at the launch of its Six Point Plan to sustain the Post Office Network and support local communities the Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) said that An Post runs the Network on a purely commercial basis and does not recognise Post Offices’ social or community value. IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara said: “The IPU is calling for Government to intervene and bind An Post to operate the Network according to an agreed policy framework which is developed by the […]