Pay Packet

After the recent news involving P&O ferries sacking their staff to replace them with cheaper agency workers who they are not paying the minimum age to, a couple of our readers asked if we knew about the Steam Packet’s pay policy.

We have been in touch with the company and MD Brian Thomson said the company pays at least the minimum wage to all staff and this can be seen in the latest accounts which are public. Furthermore he said, like many of us, that he is appalled at what has happened with P&O and reassured that the company would never go down that route.

Easter Post

Yep, that time again when Post Offices have funny hours and benefit payments drop on random days.

For Good Friday, which is April 15, the only deliveries will be parcels and priority post, the HQ is open from 9am to 12.30pm and the Northern Delivery Office is open 6am to 1pm. Notice left collection sites open as normal.

For Easter Saturday and Monday, there are no deliveries or collections on either day. On Saturday Castletown is open 9am to 12.30pm, Douglas 10am to 12pm and Andreas 9am to 12.30pm. Collection sites open as normal.

Pensions and allowances due for payment on Friday April 15 or Monday 18 can be collected on Thursday April 14.

How Bard Can It Be?

The competition to find the eigth Manx Bard is now open! Entry form and rules can be obtained from HBN Library or by emailing Entries must 18 or over and received by August 16 2022. This prestigious title comes with a handsome stipend, a beautiful set of robes and a magnificent staff together with the amazing Bardic chair which is situated in pride of (permanent) place at the Legislative buildings.