April 23, 2018:
The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) is this week to begin a ballot of its members on a new plan for the future of the Post Office Network.
The plan was announced last week and has been agreed by the IPU Executive and An Post. It includes a €50m investment in the Network.
IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara said the IPU Executive was recommending the plan to its members – who would decide in the coming weeks by majority vote.
The Executive presented the plan to members at a well-attended meeting in Tullamore on Sunday. Ballot papers are issuing this week with responses due by May 11th.
The IPU will be inviting all members to information and briefing sessions at Branch level across the county during the coming weeks.
The deal was agreed between the IPU and An Post following three months of negotiation, mediated independently by Senior Counsel Turlough O’Donnell.
“We believe that this is the best possible negotiated solution for the future of the Post Office Network. It ensures viability of as large a Network as possible, ensures that the public will continue to get an excellent and expanded service and provides viability and clarity for Postmasters,” the IPU stated.
The IPU urged An Post and Government to deliver quickly on the commitment to new government and financial services in all Post Offices to secure growth in transactions.
Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731.