Post Office use Stasi tactics to blackmail postmasters

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  1. Astonishing story, but a behaviour pattern common to so many "Change Managers" who care more about milestones, deliverables and the status of those damn "traffic lights" on a progress plan than using plain common sense.

    Post Office sorry for 'blackmail'

    The Post Office has apologised for threatening postmasters with financial penalties for failing to give official explanations for branch closures.
    A letter had warned that undercover officials would visit post offices to ensure that "key messages" were given.

    In a move condemned by Conservatives as "blackmail", it added postmasters whose branches closed could lose compensation deals if they did not fall into line.

    A spokesman for the Post Office said the letter had been wrongly sent out.

    'Quite sick'

    The letter, from Sue Huggins, the Post Office's director of the Network Change Programme, said the anonymous inspectors would check that the plans to close 2,500 branches were being presented to customers in an "accurate and professional manner".

    It continued: "Subject to state aid clearance, any compensation offered to you if your branch is selected for closure shall be subject to you having complied, and continuing to comply, with this obligation up to the date of closure."

    Ms Huggins adds that the details of the programme should be kept confidential. But the letter went on: "We do appreciate that customers may ask questions that you might find difficult to answer."

    A Post Office spokesman said the letter should not have been sent out as it contained "factual inaccuracies".

    He added: "We apologise for this and will be writing to sub-postmasters next week confirming that.

    "We would like to make it clear that we will not be doing anonymous testing, that's not going to happen - it was never going to happen.

    The Conservatives condemned the approach.

    Shadow Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Secretary, Alan Duncan, said: "It is not appropriate in a free country for a national employer like the Post Office to use the tactics of the secret police to demand Maoist conformity to their line.

    "Explaining their view is one thing, but to go around spying on their branches and employees is quite sick, and will only make things worse."

    George Thomson, general secretary of the National Federation of Sub-postmasters, said: "The Federation accepts that this was an error of judgment by Post Office Limited and we are confident that Post Office Limited will apologise to sub-postmasters in due course."

    In May, plans to close 2,500 post offices were announced by the government after Alistair Darling, then Trade and Industry Secretary, said that the network could not be sustained with losses at £4m a week.
  2. in_the_cheapseats

    in_the_cheapseats LE Moderator

    Get the feeling someone is out of a job....and for once it isn't a Postmasters
  3. In a paper that I read today, was a facsimile of part of a letter.

    If what I read is a genuine reproduction of part of the letter alleged, then yet again, I am becoming ashamed of being British - thanks Bliar you revolting sh*te!

    It is inconceivable that the contents of this reported communication are true! What have we become? We used to laugh at various nations on the continent, but now, I suspect they may be grinning at us!

    Bliar - you have been - without any shadow of doubt - the most disrespected, dishonest, disreputable and disgraced dope ever to have been the political head (not the actual head!) of this now third rate, third world country!!