On the 13th January 2014 the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters was removed from the list of trade unions as it failed to meet the definition of a trade union under section 1 of the Trade Union Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992
The Certification officer makes comment that the NFSP may never have in fact never met this definition. Currently it appear the NFSP is attempting to carry on with business as usual. However the quasi-legal organisation that was the NFSP union is gone. This status allowed the “NFSP” to hold contracts and property in it’s own name, it is currently unclear to where the reported net assets of £3,623,766 of the former union reside, as are any details on that exact legal makeup of the remnants intend to operate under referring to itself as an “Independent Membership Association”.
Their assets were held in custody by Trade Union Trustees these Trustees by law must ensure that these assets are properly dealt with and if necessary the assets should be returned to the members. Members of the NFSP should be having urgent talks with their Trustees to find out what is going to happen to the assets It is also unclear as to who “General Secretary” George Thomson is employed by and how he can still be a General Secretary
The CWU is now the only Trade Union representing Postmasters and will be pursuing it goal of formal recognition by Post Office Ltd with regard to representation of sub-postmasters