Meltham Post Office staff on a wildcat strike have demanded the resignation of their postmaster before they return to work.
June Drake and Ken Jones have claimed Richard Noon, who is also a director of Meltham Community PO Limited, lacks the expertise to run the business since it moved to the Carlile Institute in September 2014.
But last night Mr Noon insisted he intends to step down and that the business could be sold.
The post office was closed to the public on Tuesday when the pair and business manager Ivar Smethurst, walked out.
The pair wrote a letter that was added to and emailed out by Ivar on Sunday evening summarising their discontent.
Their problems highlighted include an unpaid HMRC tax bill, late wages, a perceived staff shortage which has hindered the staff’s ability to take holidays and a lack of a pension scheme.
They have said that they are also unhappy with the removal of £341 of stationery items by the Post Office’s supplier S Gregory & Co., with that company claiming a further £480.78 since August has not been paid.
The Post Office opened to the public yesterday, but only Mr Smethurst and a new staff member who was drafted in were working.
Mr Jones, who has worked at the Meltham branch formerly located on Holmfirth Road for 28 years, said: “We have reached an impasse with Mr Noon.
“We want his resignation and we won’t go back until that happens. He’s not got the financial expertise to run the business – it’s doomed.
“I’ve worked in the Post Office for 28 years and I know how to run one. We stand by what we said in the email regarding the tax, pay, holidays and pension.”
Ms Drake said: “It’s been quite embarrassing working there when we don’t have the basic stock in. I’ve had late wage payments and even though Ken and I are part time we’ve had to work full time hours if one of us wants a holiday.
“It’s just not a nice atmosphere to work in. It’s like we’re not being looked after by our post master “
Mr Noon said the Meltham office was now one of the best around - but revealed a deal is on the cards to sell it on.
“For the last few months we have been working with a potential purchaser. This remains a confidential transaction until the deal is agreed. Meltham Parish Council and Locality, an organisation which supports community businesses, are aware of this.
“It was always the intention I’d step down and the last few months of negotiations are testament to that.
“I need to concentrate on my family, my job and the continued development of the Carlile Community Hub.
“I’d like to encourage you all to support Ivar as he continues to manage this incredibly important, vibrant and transformed Meltham Post Office”.