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Cut in post offices coming, jobs could go

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Postmaster General Michael Gentles
Fitz Jackson

THE CONTINUED haemorrhaging of the Postal Corporation of Jamaica could result in a significant reduction in the number of postal agencies across the country and, by extension, job losses.

Postmaster General Michael Gentles told the Public Accounts Committee

of Parliament on Tuesday that the corporation was struggling financially.

"Over the last four to five years, we consistently run a deficit close to $500 million," he said. "The present network is unsustainable and the reality is that there will have to be a drastic reduction in our network in the region of 60 per cent."

At present, the postal corporation has 551 postal points across the island. Gentles said more than half of this number is not needed and the corporation is unable to sustain them.

However, he said mobile post offices would be introduced to fill the gap that would be created with the closure of a large number of postal offices.

Committee member Fitz Jackson sought assurance from the postmaster general that the closure of postal points would not negatively impact pensioners who collect their monthly cheques at these locations.

Gentles assured the committee that the mobile units would travel to the various communities, noting that the times and dates would be announced in the media.