The Irish Postmasters' Union say that choice is being taken away from payment recipients
Postmasters are protesting in Dublin this morning, in relation to the decision to pay some social welfare payments through the bank.
The postmasters say that the Department of Social Protection is effectively trying to shut them down and eliminate choice for some social welfare recipients.
The Irish Postmasters' Union says it contacted the Department three weeks ago, when the union became aware of the decision to transfer payments to jobseekers who work on a part-time or casual basis from post offices to banks.
IPU General Secretary Ned O'Hara, says as well as the impact on post offices, social welfare claimants are having choice taken away from them:
"20,000 of those job seekers currently collect their payment in post offices and they've been written to asking them to complete and return a form so they can make the arrangements to have the payments made through the bank. Our protest is the lack of choice in relation to these people who currently opt to use the post office and now won't have that choice. When they use the post office, they generate income in the economy, they support the local communities and now that option is being taken from them."