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category national | miscellaneous | press release author Monday March 10, 2014 23:46author by Wayne Flanagan Tobin - People Before Parties Report this post to the editors

Post offices: loss of community, Tesco takeover and rush to electronics?
In a press statement Wayne Flanagan Tobin an independent candidate for elucidates the current situation regarding local post offices.
Flanagan Tobin opened:
“Post offices have served a very important role over the years as far as the payment of welfare, and those on welfare are concerned. People have been able to go into the post offices and collect their welfare payments without any big stigma being attached, and they have often gotten to know the post master or post office staff and have developed good relationships with them. “

Post offices: loss of community, Tesco takeover and rush to electronics?
In a press statement Wayne Flanagan Tobin an independent candidate for elucidates the current situation regarding local post offices.
Flanagan Tobin opened:

“Post offices have served a very important role over the years as far as the payment of welfare, and those on welfare are concerned. People have been able to go into the post offices and collect their welfare payments without any big stigma being attached, and they have often gotten to know the post master or post office staff and have developed good relationships with them. “

Referring to Tesco the candidate said:

“The new system is likely to lead to the loss of 500 jobs from the postal system. This is not good at a time of high unemployment and the case needs to be made why moving to an electronic system would be better. Will many of the welfare recipients find this a better system for receiving their welfare payments? It will certainly remove the human dimension. The truth is that Tesco is a UK-based chain and that it is a pity to see an Irish company like an Post losing staff because a major contract is now being shared with a UK-based chain.

While the government has always to be looking for a good prices for the services that it is responsible for delivering, that it cant just look at price alone, but has to look at social and employment factors also. “

Flanagan Tobin concluded:

“The rush to move to electronic for everything and remind people that the government was very keen to move to electronic voting at one stage and bought over 50 million euros worth of equipment and then realised that it wasn't such a good thing (remember Norah Owen when they abruptly announced that she had lost her seat?) and that perhaps voting was best done the old-fashioned way (ie paper-based). The government needs to enter into talks with the postmasters union to see what is the best outcome that can be achieved, so that jobs can be saved but that perhaps the option of electronic payment can also be looked at for people who opt for it.”
ENDS.

Further information: Wayne Flanagan Tobin 0858398330

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