There will be riots this summer. They won’t happen because of austerity measures, racism or workers rights. They won’t even be because of football.
They will be because of the post office and Centrelink.
Treasurer Joe Hockey’s announcement that Centrelink and Australia Post’s shopfront services could be combined as part of his cost saving measures will see one of the greatest concentrations of human rage ever. Two of the most loathed bureaucracies in the country could soon be joined in the unholiest of unions.
Australia Post has confirmed it rarely records personal details on mail packages, and only then at the direction of police.
The statement comes as the US Postal Service made headlines over its Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program, which uses computers to photograph the exterior of every single piece of paper mail that is processed in the US.
The total for last year was a staggering 160 billion photographs of pieces of mail. It is not known for how long the US government saves the images.
A union says it wants to make sure NZ Post’s plan to close three mail processing centres, with 500 jobs set to go, is justified by the numbers.The state-owned postal operator is closing its Wellington, Hamilton and Dunedin mail centres, along with a number of other smaller centres, and will concentrate its operations in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch within the next two years.
“NZ Post is a public service, not a cash cow”
3 May, 2013
New Zealand Post is a vital public service and there is no justification for reducing mail delivery to three days a week, says the union for postal workers, the EPMU.
The call follows claims from NZ Post that it would need Government subsidies unless it is allowed to slash mail delivery services in half.
EPMU national industry organiser Joe Gallagher says there is no need for drastic cuts to delivery.
“Any talk about subsidies at this stage is pure speculation and scaremongering. NZ Post is actually returning a profit and will continue to do so for some time even without any changes.
“We recognise NZ Post faces serious commercial pressures, but current mail volumes do not justify the drastic and damaging cuts that are being proposed. This proposal only makes sense if you believe NZ Post exists purely to return a profit.
“NZ Post is not a cash cow for the Government. It is a vital public service and any move to reduce its social obligations will face resistance from the Kiwis who rely on it to stay connected with their families, their communities and their customers.
“We are calling on the Government to listen to communities, keep NZ Post’s social obligations in place and commit to wider public consultation on any future changes.”
A postal worker suffered burns after a parcel containing an acidic substance burst open at a sorting depot on Sydney’s north shore.A postal worker is being treated for burns to his hands after a parcel containing a highly acidic liquid broke open at a post office on Sydney’s north shore.Several other Australia Post staff were taken to Royal North Shore Hospital as a precaution after the incident at a sorting office on Rodborough Road, in Frenchs Forest on Monday morning.