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Is post office now shredding our mail?

The post office building on East Hill Street.

The post office building on East Hill Street.

By AVA TURNQUEST

Tribune Chief Reporter

aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

TRANSPORT and Local Government Minister Renward Wells yesterday announced his ministry has launched an investigation into claims of a mass shredding exercise underway at the General Post Office.

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Renward Wells

Mr Wells could not provide any details outside Parliament yesterday when asked by reporters whether shredding had been outsourced to a private company, adding the ministry would release a press statement on the matter.

The claim was lodged by Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU) President Kimsley Ferguson in a report by Eyewitness News this week.

Mr Wells said: “I am being advised that there is a process by which all post offices discard certain kinds and types of mail, as minister I’m drilling down into that. The ministry will be making a statement very soon, so we will be passing that out to the media hopefully by the end of the day on the situation. I can’t speak to the claims made by the union and others, but the ministry will be putting out a formal statement. 

“I don’t believe that there will be any officer in the post office that will do anything untoward,” Mr Wells continued, “that is not in the legal framework of the way the post office operates. So the very assertion that members would be shredding important mail is concerning because I do not believe that that speaks to the character of the workers in the post office that I have seen.

“We will be getting back to you with all of the facts in a written statement and then we will be able to proceed from there,” Mr Wells said.

Meanwhile, Mr Ferguson told reporters earlier this week: “Instructions were given by the postmistress to bring mail from various post offices to the East Hill Location to have them shredded. This is indeed a concern because I’ve been having challenges with my mail personally and so has the union.

“We haven’t been getting them in a timely fashion. The concern is, they are pertinent documents that may be in the mail that may have been pending for some time that may either take the life of an individual into destruction or that can take them in a positive direction. I would like this information confirmed as to who would’ve given instructions.”

Mr Ferguson also said the backlog of mail has been “tremendous,” saying “the accumulation of mail is to the extent where there is a mountain of it to the floor and you have to walk around it.”

When asked whether the backlog was insurmountable, Mr Wells said: “I don’t know if I would use the term ‘insurmountable’ but the backlog was extreme, as we all know, excessively extreme, and as I said I’d like to commend the postal workers who have been working extremely hard and the difficult circumstances to alleviate that situation.”

Operations at the General Post Office are expected to move from East Hill Street to the Town Centre Mall early next year.

Comments

Well_mudda_take_sic 5 years, 7 months ago

Both Wells and Minnis should be sacked by the people. They each have a useless shredded brain in their head! LMAO

TalRussell 5 years, 7 months ago

Just when you never thought it possible a positive for former yet be explained "$650,000 Letter of intent" PLP's comrade Renward...... where it good knows at minimum something is operating to it full capacity over at post office - tis da people's mail being shredded into confetti. Does this mean we should be asking we Queen to also add "procurement shredders" to her Christmas list red things look into.....including if tis possible Imperial reds signed a contract with professional shredders? {Tis no need make secret shredding people's mail into confetti up}.

DDK 5 years, 7 months ago

“I don’t believe that there will be any officer in the post office that will do anything untoward,” Mr Wells continued, “that is not in the legal framework of the way the post office operates.'

Hilarious defence of civil servants who found a way to keep their building unclean for so long that they only work half days at the public's expense.

Naughtydread 5 years, 7 months ago

I know for a fact that this is true because I went to look at the old post office building not long back and when outside I could travel into a garage where their were numerous clear bags of shredded paper. (presumably mail)

John 5 years, 7 months ago

some people never got their mail for the first four months of the year. The post office has stopped delivering completely and when they resumed delivery, the mail was from may forward. So what happened to mail for the first four months of this year? Some people were expecting checks and other important mail and even though the checks may now be stale-dated...at least they serve as proof that they were never received (on time) or cashed.

Engineer 5 years, 7 months ago

If this is true it is criminal fraud and those involved should be charged.

TheMadHatter 5 years, 7 months ago

If stealing VAT money ain't a crime then i'm sure shredding mail isn't. They are the government. They do whatever they feel. Every five years they give you free ink for ya fingah. Besides that you get to suck teeth.

DDK 5 years, 7 months ago

That's about the size of it, Hatter!

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