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Postie will be forced to retire at 65

Wootton Bassett postie Jenny Frayling is determined to overrule Royal Mail who have said she must retire when she reaches 65 next month.

Ms Frayling has been delivering post in Wootton Bassett and the villages of Clyffe Pypard, Bushton and Tockenham for 17 years and has begged Royal Mail bosses to let her stay on.

Earlier this month, Royal Mail ruled that she must retire at 65 and said they would only grant requests to work indefinitely if the role required a specialist skill.

Ms Frayling, who has worked for Royal Mail for 22 and a half years, said: “I have told them time and time again that I don’t want to retire. I turn 65 at the start of July, but with holiday I have to go in the middle of June.

“A while ago, I filled in a form asking if I wanted to retire or if I wanted to stay on.

“I put that I wanted to stay indefinitely but then I got a letter saying I had to retire.

“I thought ‘Why bother to ask?’ It doesn’t look promising now. I just feel as though we are all one big family in those villages. They are lovely, lovely people.

“I get involved in the fetes, birthdays and christenings in the villages.”

Members of the public have written to Royal Mail and MP James Gray on her behalf.

Peter Gantlett, of Clyffe Pypard Parish Council, said: “Jenny is a link that people find invaluable. She is difficult to put a value on.”

Alan Cummings, who lives in Wootton Bassett said: “She is absolutely great with people but also dogs.

“My little terrier waits for her by the door because she sometimes carries biscuits for them.

“She is the heart and soul of the community and Royal Mail should be ashamed.”

A spokesman for the company said Royal Mail had a retirement age of 65. Staff could request to continue working but this would be granted only if the role required a specialist skill.

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10:10am Tue 1 Jun 10

Donkey of Langton says...

Something about this attitude that makes me feel quite uneasy. There are people out there who worked for Royal Mail and were not able to actually reach the statutory retirement age, they were made redundant!!!

Be thankful for such a cushy little rural delivery for so many years, Ms F, and let someone else have a job, there are many who would like to come off benefits and relieve you of your job as you will be entitled to the legitimate State Pension and Royal Mail Pension you will receive at 65, you've done your bit! Now go and play bowls!
Something about this attitude that makes me feel quite uneasy. There are people out there who worked for Royal Mail and were not able to actually reach the statutory retirement age, they were made redundant!!! Be thankful for such a cushy little rural delivery for so many years, Ms F, and let someone else have a job, there are many who would like to come off benefits and relieve you of your job as you will be entitled to the legitimate State Pension and Royal Mail Pension you will receive at 65, you've done your bit! Now go and play bowls! Donkey of Langton
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10:12am Tue 1 Jun 10

Donkey of Langton says...

Of course, forgot, I will add that you have been receiving State pension since the age of 60 already, being a woman!
Of course, forgot, I will add that you have been receiving State pension since the age of 60 already, being a woman! Donkey of Langton
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2:51pm Tue 1 Jun 10

Gooey says...

Donkey you are spot on.She will be one who will benefit from a full royal mail pension and will get it from the right age.She can find work elsewhere if she wants to work.
Others wont be so fortuante as their pension fund will be arse raped like it has been previously.
Donkey you are spot on.She will be one who will benefit from a full royal mail pension and will get it from the right age.She can find work elsewhere if she wants to work. Others wont be so fortuante as their pension fund will be arse raped like it has been previously. Gooey
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4:43pm Tue 1 Jun 10

sadiesmum says...

Jen's retirement will not result in anyone new getting a job at Royal Mail, just a reshuffle and sharing out of the extra work amongst her ex-colleagues.
Jen's retirement will not result in anyone new getting a job at Royal Mail, just a reshuffle and sharing out of the extra work amongst her ex-colleagues. sadiesmum
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8:46pm Tue 1 Jun 10

itsamess says...

Don't forget the Govts promise to privatise RM. Nice to see a postie who is committed--more like her then we would still have the best postal service in the world.
Don't forget the Govts promise to privatise RM. Nice to see a postie who is committed--more like her then we would still have the best postal service in the world. itsamess
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