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Deutsche Post to create thousands of jobs on lower pay

According to Reuters, Deutsche Post will expand its package delivery service using lower paid employees. The company says that the wages it pays its existing postal workers are too high to be economically viable in the competitive parcel business:

deutschepostThe company plans to create 10,000 new jobs at the parcel business by 2020, a figure which could rise to around 20,000 by 2025, it said on Thursday.

The additional jobs will offer pay based on collective wage agreements for the logistics sector, rather than Deutsche Post’s more generous in-house agreement, putting the company on collision course with workers’ representatives.

via UPDATE 1-Deutsche Post to create thousands of jobs on lower pay | Reuters.


Union welcomes Montreal hearings on elimination of home mail delivery by Canada Post

MONTREAL, Jan. 19, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – The City of Montreal’s public hearings about the consequences of the elimination of door-to-door delivery are being applauded by postal workers, who have been calling for broader community consultations since Canada Post first announced its cuts.

"Canada Post executives certainly did not consult adequately with Canadians prior to cutting their services," said Denis Lemelin, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, who will be presenting the union’s brief on Tuesday, January 20th.

Alain Duguay, president of CUPW’s Montreal Local will also be presenting on the following evening, Wednesday the 21st.

"We hope these hearings about the impact on the public, especially seniors and people with reduced mobility, will persuade Canada Post to reconsider this disastrous plan," said Duguay.


Royal Mail gives stamp of approval to Isle of Wight-inspired Lewis Carroll

aliceTHE work of Isle of Wight-inspired writer Lewis Carroll has been commemorated in a series of stamps released by Royal Mail this week.

The stamps are based on the characters of Carroll’s children’s classic Alice in Wonderland, which some experts believe were inspired by Lewis Carroll’s frequent visits to the Isle of Wight, when he mixed with the creative greats of the Victorian Era in Freshwater.

It marks the 150th anniversary of the publishing of Alice in Wonderland.

Read more: Royal Mail gives stamp of approval to Isle of Wight-inspired Lewis Carroll.


Safe stolen from Bonshaw PEI post office

BONSHAW – Queens County RCMP are investigating a break and enter and theft at the Bonshaw Canada Post Office.

Some of the items stolen include a large floor safe and its contents, cash, postage stamps and Canadian and U.S. money orders.

It is believed the theft happened sometime between Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. and Jan. 12 at 9:40 a.m.

via Safe stolen from Bonshaw post office – Local – The Journal Pioneer.


Queensland postal worker charged with stealing gift cards from mail

A Longreach postal worker has been charged after allegedly stealing gift cards from mail she sorted.

Police say the 46-year-old woman tried to use a gift card that wasn’t hers on January 4.

That led to officers executing a search warrant, which uncovered another 21 gift cards in her possession.

It is believed they had been collected between October 2014 and January 2015.

via Postal worker charged with stealing gift cards from mail.


India Post Office Starts Core Banking Services

HYDERABAD: People holding accounts with a post office can now operate their accounts from any other post office and also online.  The department of posts, AP Circle, launched Core Banking Services (CBS) on Thursday, offering online banking, mobile banking and SMS alerts. ATMs will be opened in another six months.

The services can be availed at 82 of the 95 Head Post Offices located in the sibling states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and the remaining 13 also will be shifted to the CBS platform by the first week of February.

Inaugurating the Core Banking Services, BV Sudhakar, chief postmaster-general, AP Circle, said that they would be enabling the CBS through 2,438 Sub Post Offices by June this year. ATMs will be opened in another six months.

He said post offices would also offer cashless service. People can use debit cards of any bank to draw cash up to Rs 1,000 at 63 post offices. Areas where there are no banks or ATMs will be given priority to launch the service.

via Postal Department Starts Core Banking Services – The New Indian Express.


Royal Mail privatisation £180m underpriced, review says

The government made £180m less from the £2bn sale of Royal Mail than it could have, a report commissioned by Business Secretary Vince Cable has said.

It says shares could have been valued up to 30p more than the flotation price of 330p because of the high level of demand from banks and individuals.

However, former City minister Lord Myners, who led the report, said this would have involved "substantial" risk.

MPs have suggested taxpayers lost out by £1bn in the 2013 privatisation.

Read more: BBC News – Royal Mail privatisation £180m underpriced, review says.


Celebrate decent jobs on National Postal Workers Day

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) will be calling on the nation to celebrate dedicated postmen and women on National Postal Workers Day today (Wednesday) – the busiest day of the year for postal workers.

This year’s National Postal Workers Day falls in the TUC’s Decent Jobs Week and will highlight the difference in pay and terms and conditions across the postal sector.

CWU, who represent more than 200,000 workers in post, telecoms, mobile and financial services, is working with the TUC during Decent Jobs Week to raise awareness about Britain’s jobs’ crisis and the increased casualisation of employment.

Wednesday 17th December marks the third-ever National Postal Workers Day, when the whole nation celebrates the hard work and dedication of hundreds of thousands of women and men who collect, sort and deliver letters, parcels and packets for everyone.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said: “Today is a chance to show your appreciation for the hard work your postmen or women puts in throughout the year. There is a huge gap in the pay and terms and conditions between Royal Mail and its competitors in the postal sector but if we want to attract people to the job in the future then we have to ensure there are decent jobs for them to do.

“All postal workers, whichever company they work for, should be paid a decent wage with good terms and conditions. We are extremely proud of our ground-breaking deal with Royal Mail and competitors to the company should see the benefit in rewarding staff properly instead of overseeing a race to the bottom for employment standards in the postal industry.”


EastEnders actor with dwarfism sues Post Office over chip-and-pin machines

Post Office branches are being made more accessible to disabled people after an EastEnders actor with dwarfism sued the company for discrimination because she could not reach the chip-and-pin machines at the counter.

Kiruna Stamell, who has appeared on EastEnders and in the film Moulin Rouge, made a claim against the business for disability discrimination.

The 33-year-old perfomer had difficulty reaching chip-and-pin devices at post offices because they were fixed to the counter top. Many retailers have devices that can be detached from a holster and handed to a customer.

“Unfortunately, I had several negative experiences at post office counters and for many years I have had difficulty paying for their goods and services. After a couple of really upsetting experiences at various branches, I realised, something needed to change,” Stamell wrote on her website.

She used law firm Unity Law to bring a case against the Post Office under the Equalities Act 2010, which has now been settled. “We were able to get everyone to the table and bring the needs of disabled people to the attention of the Post Office,” Stamell explained.

Read more: EastEnders actor with dwarfism sues Post Office over chip-and-pin machines | Society | The Guardian.


Compulsory redundancies threat sparks strike of Royal Mail support staff

From the Communications Workers Union:

cwu_logo_alWorkers responsible for distributing cash and providing vital support services to all post offices in the UK are set to walkout tomorrow (Friday).

The dispute surrounds the 1,500 employees working in the Admin and Supply Chain, who are responsible for the collection, handling and distribution of cash across the post office network.

Talks between the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Post Office Ltd over the last two weeks ended today without agreement, but the union has made it clear it remains available for further talks.

The industrial action will take place due to Post Office plans to cut jobs in the Admin and Supply Chain using compulsory redundancy. These job losses would have a significant impact on the level of service the publicly-owned company can provide in the future.

The strike could impact on the delivery of cash to the Post Office’s 11,500 branches across the UK, as well as cash deliveries to external companies.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said: "Unfortunately, talks with Post Office management ended today without agreement and industrial action planned for tomorrow will go ahead. Progress has been made over pay but the Post Office’s insistence that a pay deal is directly linked to compulsory redundancy of Admin and Supply Chain workers is completely unacceptable.

"This is the first time in its 400 year history that the Post Office has threatened compulsory redundancies on its workforce. It speaks volumes about the mismanagement of this important public service. The truth is Vince Cable’s decision to split the Post Office from Royal Mail two years ago, and to place the company in a financial straightjacket with no strategy for the future, has led to a spiral of managed decline and will eventually destroy the company.

"The workers distributing cash to over 11,500 Post Office branches put themselves in danger everyday in order to do their jobs and it is appalling that they have the very real threat of compulsory redundancy hanging over them. By getting rid of such a significant part of the workforce, it would be incredibly difficult for the Post Office to continue its current level of service in this area."

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