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Three day mail service not justified

January 29, 2013
Media Release

Three day mail service not justified

Moving to a three day mail delivery service is not sustainable or justified by current mail volumes, says the union for postal workers, the EPMU.

The union is currently consulting with New Zealand Post on the company’s Network of the Future project, its response to declining mail volumes.

EPMU postal industry organiser George Collins says the union recognises the commercial pressures facing NZ Post, but does not believe a three day service is justified.

“Postal services all over the world are suffering from declining mail volumes and having to adapt, and New Zealand Post is no different.

“The EPMU is working together with New Zealand Post to find ways to adjust to this decline while protecting postal workers’ jobs and the integrity of New Zealand’s postal service.

“This may involve a reduction in the number of delivery days or redeployment within New Zealand Post, but we would caution against any kneejerk reactions.

“Declining mail volumes are a long-term issue and the response has to be sustainable for postal workers, businesses and indeed all New Zealanders.”

The EPMU will continue to consult with New Zealand Post on the Network of the Future project and encourages members of the public to engage in the public consultation.

ENDS


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