Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


NZ Post goes from "raising the bar" to lowering the boom

Postal Workers Union of Aotearoa
News media statement
26 June 2013

NZ Post goes from "raising the bar" to lowering the boom

Company posters on the walls of its worksites exhorts New Zealand Post employees to "raise the bar". However New Zealand Post's announcement today of job losses in its mail processing operations sees instead of the bar being raised, the boom being lowered, not only on 500 of its employees, but also on cross town next day delivery. The Postal Workers Union is concerned that the company's action may generate a further decline in mail volumes.

The Government is currently giving consideration to NZ Post's request to have its Deed of Understanding with the Government changed to provide the option at some future date of reducing to every second day delivery. However while the PWUA recognises the changes facing NZ Post the union wants first to see the removal of the unfair advantage given to private mail operators which are able to "cherry pick" the most profitable cross town and CBD mail from the postal service.

NZ Post is obliged to maintain a Universal Service Obligation - to provide standard letter mail delivery throughout the country with a uniform rate - currently 70 cents. There is no requirement for private mail operators to provide a universal service.

The PWUA had written to 121 Members of Parliament earlier this month seeking support for the amendment of clause 17of the Deed of Understanding. The clause requires NZ Post to carry that portion of its competitors' which the competitors do not feel is profitable for them to deliver.

The PWUA will be meeting with NZ Post to discuss the future job prospects of those employees who chose to leave before being made redundant. They will face an employment market with jobs paying $13.75 an hour and the possibility of being fired without notice within 90 days. For the first time in their working lives those who are successful in gaining other employment will probably not have the protection of a Collective Employment Agreement. The Government's planned changes to the Employment Relations Act will further tip the balance against their chances of secure and stable employment with a sustainable income.

NZ Post workers who attended the briefings over the past 24 hours were "hugely shocked" about the prospect of losing their jobs - some with decades of service - and very unhappy about the prospects of getting another job.

The PWUA has also pointed out to the company the wider context of the redundancies. The Minister of State Owned Enterprises Tony Ryall has told the NZ Post board that he expects "improved results" in terms of dividends to the Government. The union is concerned pressure from the Government to maintain the revenue stream to the Government may be causing a compromise of service - and a low wage offer in the current Collective Employment Agreement negotiations.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Trade Agreements: TPP Minus US Starting To Gain Ground

The Japanese government is picking up the pace on reviving the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment deal, with talks scheduled next month among the 11 countries left in the pact after the withdrawal by the US after the election of president Donald Trump. More>>

ALSO:

PACER:

Prices Up 2.2%: Annual Inflation Highest In Over Five Years

"Rising petrol prices along with the annual rise in cigarette and tobacco tax lifted inflation," prices senior manager Jason Attewell said. "Petrol prices in New Zealand are closely linked to global oil prices, and cigarettes and tobacco taxes rise in the March quarter each year". More>>

ALSO:

Undertaxed? NZ Income Tax Rate Second Lowest Among Developed Nations

New Zealand workers pay the second smallest portion of their income to the government among developed nations and less than half the average ratio of their Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development peers. More>>

ALSO:

Cyclone Cook: Round Up Of This Week’s Weather

One of the significant impacts this week was flooding due to excessive rainfall amounts. Rainfall amounts topped out at 350mm over the past 60 hours in parts of northwest Nelson, with 200mm+ measurements recorded about Coromandel Peninsula, and between 150-200mm in the Kaimai Ranges. Rainfall amounts of between 30-50mm were commonplace elsewhere. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier: Batten Down The Hatches For Cyclone Cook

Although fast-moving, Cyclone Cook will be destructive and MetService Expert Meteorologists have issued Severe Wind Warnings for the whole of the North Island apart from Northland... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news