HC Deb 05 May 1969 vol 783 cc1-2
Mr. Molloy

With your permission, Mr. Speaker, and that of the House, I wish to present a Petition, signed by 10,000 members of the Post Office Engineering Union, wherein they express their concern that the rôle of postal and telecommunications workers in the new Corporation which is envisaged in the Post Office Bill now before Parliament should be fully and sufficiently integrated within the Corporation. They further ask that no restriction on manufacture should be placed on the new Corporation, otherwise development will be impeded and the nation's interests will suffer.

They also express their grave apprehension, as prospective employees of the new Corporation, that, whilst some members Of the staff will be able to retire at 60, others will not be able to retire until the age of 65. This, they claim, is causing grave concern, and the Post Office Engineering Union considers that such conditions would be inimical to good staff relations which are essential to the trades union in launching this new endeavour on the road to success.

The Petition states: We therefore pray you, our Parliamentary representatives, that the Post Office Bill now before the House be modified to allow that our present age of retirement should be maintained in the future Post Office Corporation so that all employees may enjoy the same enhanced benefits of the superannuation scheme. The Petition concludes: And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

To lie upon the Table.

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