Activists believe bosses want to spin off up to 6,000 loss-making branches – more than half of the network – and turn the post office into a John Lewis-style “community company” run by employees
thousands of mail department They are said to be sold or axed as part of secret plans to streamline scandal-hit business.
Activists believe bosses want to spin off up to 6,000 loss-making branches – more than half the network – and turn the post office into a post office John Lewis -like “mutual society” run by employees.
The shocking move would help put an end to the IT fiasco that led to thousands of sub-postmasters being falsely accused of stealing from their branches.
It has left the taxpayer with a bill of up to £1billion in compensation and legal fees and the Post is looking at new ways to secure its future.
Ex-Postmaster Sally Stringer, who testified at the public inquiry into the scandal, said she was stunned when officials debated reducing the state network.
During mediation interviews with other workers, one executive told them, “Well, of course, if we communitize, we’ll only have 5,000 offices.”
She said: “I looked at her and said, ‘Really? You’ve got 11,000 offices now, so you’re going to cut 6,000 offices…’”
Ms Stringer, who ran a post office in Beckford, Gloucs, for 20 years, told the inquiry such closures were “fundamentally and utterly wrong”.
Plans to mutualize EO were proposed nearly a decade ago, but the idea was scrapped.
Mark Baker of the Communication Workers Union believes the PO wants to give postmasters a share of their property. But he says this would only work if it closed unprofitable branches and the government ran them like a local library service.
He said: “You wouldn’t get much opposition from postmasters if full compensation were paid. But customers would be very upset.”
The Government has said it is committed to maintaining the network of 11,500 branches across the UK at its current level.
The Post said: “Our network of 11,500 branches has been stable over the past decade and we have seen net growth in our network of 181 branches between the end of March 2021 and December 2021 alone.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/6000-post-offices-face-being-26508290 6,000 post offices are being sold in a "secret plan" to scrap half the network