A survey of 1,000 post office workers by the National Federation of SubPostmasters found that 22% are planning to close, hand on their business, or downsize over the next year as they go without holidays and take on extra jobs to make ends meet. There are about 11,500 post offices in the UK, having almost halved in number over the last 30 years. Postmasters are unhappy with the amount they are paid by the Post Office for the individual transactions they process, and about three quarters of those surveyed said they earned less than the hourly national minimum wage per hour for the work they do. “We can see how easy it would be for subpostmasters to lose faith and feel disenfranchised, to feel the system is working against them.
For many of you, your feet are going to do the talking,” he said.
The operating model is that they’re simply not paid enough and many are saying they can’t make ends meet. Postmasters have been let down seriously here, with many working for less than the hourly national minimum wage.
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