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Canada Post goes to court to strike down Hamilton bylaw

Canada Post has struck back at the city of Hamilton’s legal attempts to dictate where the corporation can put super mailboxes.

The corporation is asking Ontario Superior Court to declare a new city bylaw around community mailboxes invalid, saying it is acting out of "urgent need to transform the postal business."

The Canada Post action is the latest escalation in the super mailbox fight, coming after the city laid 8 charges against the corporation for continuing the installations, contrary to the city’s new rules.

The city’s newly amended bylaw says Canada Post has to pay a $200 fee and get the city’s input on where on municipal property it can put community mailboxes, which are part of a plan to phase out urban door-to-door mail delivery nationwide.

via Canada Post goes to court to strike down Hamilton bylaw – Latest Hamilton news – CBC Hamilton.


Royal Mail To Deliver Pay Rise To CEO Greene

The board of Royal Mail is drawing up secret plans to hand an inflation-busting pay rise to Moya Greene, its chief executive, just weeks after next month’s General Election.

Sky News has learnt that directors of the privatised postal services group have been discussing the move to boost Ms Greene’s salary ahead of the publication of its annual report, which is expected in June.

Insiders said on Tuesday that a final decision about the pay increase had not yet been taken, and that formal consultations with leading shareholders, including the Government, which holds a 30% stake in Royal Mail, were still to take place.

They added, however, that it was “likely” that Ms Greene would be awarded an increase to her £498,000 base salary of approximately 5%.

Read more: Royal Mail To Deliver Pay Rise To CEO Greene.


PHLPost rolls out express services as it turns 23

Filipinos can now avail of new "express" mail services from the Philippine Postal Corp. as it turned 23 on Monday.

This year’s anniversary has the theme “Express sa Bente Tres” to show PHLPost’s capability to deliver mails, parcels, and money transfers.

"PHLPost now pushes for express domestic delivery of mails and parcels, ensuring next-day delivery in identified committed areas all over the country. This improved service comes with a domestic mail tracking system and an SMS notification. Both features are programmed to provide delivery status updates," the agency said.

Read more: PHLPost rolls out express services as it turns 23 | Economy | GMA News Online.


The Last Post for Australia’s letters — but Ahmed Fahour still pockets a tidy salary

AUSTRALIA Post seeks the stamp of approval for new postal charges and services. We’ll pay more for less. Instead of the 70c stamp for a letter with (sort of) next-day delivery, Australia Post will charge $1 for the regular service and $1.50 for a priority service and this is expected to increase to $2. The priority service will mean (sort of) next-day delivery and the regular service may take up to five days.

Remember when posties used to deliver twice a day and once on Saturdays. They used to whistle. Now Australia Post is blowing us off.

We should support Australia Post in its hour of need and to acknowledge its more than 200 years of service to its devoted customers.

There’s only one problem: the salary of Ahmed Fahour, Ausralia Post’s managing director and CEO. We are expected to cover the losses of the postal service while Mr Fahour reportedly earns (are you sitting down?) $4.8 million a year in salary and bonuses.

Read more: Peter Goers: The Last Post for Australia’s letters — but Ahmed Fahour still pockets a tidy salary | The Advertiser.


India Post Seeks Dedicated Aircraft for e-commerce – The New Indian Express

BENGALURU: A plea to sanction a fleet of dedicated aircraft for the Postal Department to deliver e-commerce shipments was made by M S Ramanujan, Chief Postmaster General (CPMG) of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala postal circles.

At a function organised at the GPO on Thursday, where Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated five major initiatives for the Bengaluru Division and released a special cover on ‘Golden Chariot’, Ramanujam said the department’s e-commerce business in the last financial year had touched Rs 100 crore and it is slated to reach Rs 200 crore in 2015-2016. “With the booming air cargo business, we need dedicated aircraft for the transfer of air mail cargo,” he said. The department has been facing hurdles in using private airlines and Air India for the purpose, he added.

via Postal Department Seeks Dedicated Aircraft for e-commerce – The New Indian Express.


Mail theft hits Chilliwack again

Police in Chilliwack are once again turning their attention to thefts from community mailboxes.

Chilliwack RCMP received three reports of mail theft in Yarrow on Feb. 20. In each of the thefts the suspect or suspects gained access by prying open the doors and stealing the contents of each box.

The Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment of the RCMP, assisted by Canada Post, have been actively investigating a number of mail thefts in the area over the past several months.

Not unlike elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, mail theft continues to be a problem. Local Mounties say they have taken a proactive approach utilizing various investigative techniques, which includes a partnership with Canada Post investigators.

via Mail theft hits Chilliwack again – Chilliwack Times.


Now, India Post to sell biscuits, photo frames and mugs

CHENNAI: After introducing auxiliary mail services in an attempt to salvage its sinking fortunes, India Post will now sell biscuits, photo frames and mugs. After opening in Bengaluru and Mysore, Chennai’s first Post Shoppe will come up at the head post office on Anna Salai next month.

Postmaster general Merwin Alexander said the store would also sell pens, markers, gum, books and souvenirs with the India Post logo.

It will be located next to the multiple counters for postal and banking operations, so that customers can pick up stationery, and more.

Read more: Now, India Post to sell biscuits, photo frames and mugs – The Times of India.


Belfast postman jailed for stealing from letters on his round

Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland sounded the warning as he jailed Ciaran O’Neill for four months after he was caught in a covert sting operation.

O’Neill (26), of St Matthews Court in the Short Strand, east Belfast, pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to four counts of theft and one of fraud.

O’Neill – who has 26 theft convictions – was a part-time worker at the Royal Mail sorting office in Tomb Street between April 2012 and July 2012. Suspicions were aroused when two people who lived near each other on his delivery route complained they did not receive concert tickets they had been expecting.

Read more: Belfast postman jailed for stealing from letters on his round –


Thieves crack Canada Post ‘superboxes’ in Surrey BC

The end of Canada Post’s door-to-door service has introduced a new problem in Surrey, B.C.: a rise in community mailbox break-ins.

Thieves have apparently figured out how to break into Canada Post’s supposedly high-security "superboxes," leaving residents’ mail vulnerable.

Surrey resident Julie Parker says her community mailbox has been broken into three times since autumn, with the latest break-in coming on Wednesday. The multi-compartment mailbox was still broken and taped up on Saturday.

via Thieves crack Canada Post 'superboxes' in Surrey, B.C. | CTV News.


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.