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‘New era’ for subpostmasters under 15 year agreement with Post Office Ltd

23 June 2015

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Delegates to the Special Conference of the National Federation of Subpostmasters today (Friday) voted overwhelmingly in favour of a ground-breaking 15-year agreement with Post Office Ltd to provide specialist representation for all subpostmasters.

  • NFSP to develop role as trade association to represent and support all post office branches, with particular focus on strengthening retail offer
  • Automatic enrolment of all new subpostmasters from 1 October 2015
  • NFSP to continue to have sole recognition as organisation to represent subpostmasters.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Post Office Ltd will provide NFSP with core funding of up to £1.5m a year, together with a budget of over £1m a year in grant funding for specific projects to support branches in developing their retail offer.

"This landmark deal heralds a new era for the NFSP and subpostmasters across the UK."
– George Thomson, NFSP General Secretary

Over the coming weeks NFSP will progress towards becoming a company limited by guarantee, followed by completion of the MoU with Post Office Ltd by the new company.  

George Thomson, NFSP General Secretary, heralded the new agreement as representing a major step forward for the relationship between subpostmasters and Post Office Ltd.

"This decision by members will ensure that subpostmasters across the UK continue to have strong representation and receive the support they need. Subpostmasters are facing increasing competitive pressures and challenges. It’s vital they have access to the best possible support to build successful and sustainable branches. For more and more branches, this means developing and combining a wider retail offer alongside their Post Office business. We are now in a position to help them do that."

At the Special Conference in Birmingham on 18-19 June, delegates voted overwhelmingly to approve the Post Office option, rejecting two other options involving either merger with the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) or the Communications Workers Union (CWU).