Our History

In the 1920s retired postal workers established local groups of pensioners to maintain contact with old friends and colleagues through regular organised social events. At the beginning, these groups mostly consisted of retired staff and were called Retired Officers Associations (ROAs). In 1927 the idea of a national organisation emerged and the concept of a ‘federation’ was born. The labour government of 1930 reduced pensions and there were protests in Westminster. Following these events the constitution for a 'National Federation of Post Office and Other Civil Service Veterans' was drafted with the objects of:

1. Holding regular meetings for social purposes
2. Taking necessary steps to protect pensioners' rights
3. Emphasis on the autonomy of each affiliated organisation, known as 'branches'.

Over the next 50 years, the ‘federation’ continued to grow and by 1988 membership figures were at 105,000.

A Welfare Fund was set up in 1964 after an initial £5,000 donation by the Post Office in order to provide financial support to members in need. This was completely funded by fellow members and still exists today.

The eighties saw the GPO split to become the separate entities of the Post Office and British Telecom and the name of the organisation evolved to become the National Federation of Royal Mail and BT Pensioners. A major milestone was the first proper premises in Luton.

The first website for the organisation was introduced in 2002.  Continued support and help post-work was something that other occupational pensioner groups were looking for, which led to the organisation merging with the National Association of British Steel Pensioners in 2004.

As other occupational pensioners continued to show interest and join the organisation, the name was changed again in 2010 to reflect this continued growth and remains as the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners (NFOP) today. Membership is now open to anyone with a company pension.

Root and Branch
Root and Branch Front Cover
 In January 1999 the NFOP published 'Root and Branch: A Concise History of The National Federation Of Post Office and BT Pensioners'. The book is available as either paperback or hardback from Amazon.co.uk. The author is Donald Scurr. The ISBN number is: 0953525309.

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