The suggestion to divert payments away from post offices, which was made in a letter to pension scheme members last month, was described by one sub-postmaster as a 'stab in the back' which would deprive small and rural sub-post offices of a large source of business. It would also make them more vulnerable to closure if post offices were privatised.
The letter from the post office staff superannuation scheme manager offered a pounds 50 bonus, so long as the application form was returned within one month.
After an immediate outcry from sub-postmasters, the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters protested to the Post Office.
A spokeswoman for the union said: 'After internal representations, the federation understands this initiative has been withdrawn.'Reuse content