The return of thousands of forms to the Department of Social Protection is the latest stage in the battle over the future of the network, with postmasters
already stepping up to run in the next General Election.
The Communication Workers Union, who represent postal staff, say some postmasters
resisting the changes have been told they will be paid off, closed down and their franchise moved.
Of the LDP's eighteen lawmakers who were elected as individual candidates in the national proportional representation (PR) district, the top, second-, fourth-, sixth-, seventh-, and eleventh-place finishers in terms of the number of votes received were the official representatives of the postmasters
associations, agricultural cooperatives, medical groups, and other interest groups that at one time stood at the heart of the LDP's electoral machine (Asahi Shimbun, July 22, 2013).
Prior to the privatization, initiated by then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, family members of postmasters
and retired postmasters
worked for collecting votes for the LDP as the party's "most powerful vote-gathering machine.
As we report today, sub postmasters
who remain in a job are being starved of cash, their incomes cut in pay freezes and commission payments slashed.
At Least 7 Postmasters
Bankrupted, Prosecuted, or had Livelihoods Disrupted - we Investigate why
celebrated after their branches were spared the axe.
today blasted the Royal Mail for paying axeman-in-chief Adam Crozier pounds 1.
This is the end product of years of hard work, and is a tribute to the bipartisan statesmanship and leadership of Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA), Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA), and Representatives John McHugh (R-NY) and Danny Davis (R-IL)," Steve LeNoir, president of the League of Postmasters
are given more commercial freedom, the Post Office won't have a viable business and there won't be too many post offices left in a few years' time.
Post office closures are the only way to save troubled Teesside sub postmasters
from ruin, union bosses have warned.
They are also accused of raiding the bedrooms of postmasters
and postmistresses to steal jewellery.