Raumati convinces NZ Post to keep its PO open

Raumati Beach will keep its postal services after community and political pressure convinced NZ Post to iron out a deal to continue services from Raumati’s Four Square store.

The agreement means the store will run postal and courier services across the road from the current PostShop from Monday next Monday .

“We are delighted New Zealand Post has listened to the concerns of Raumati residents and will continue providing postal services from the Raumati Four Square. This result is a great example of what a community can achieve by all pulling together,” Kapiti Coast District Council mayor Ross Church said.

Source: Raumati rallies to save postal service | Stuff.co.nz

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.

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.

Australia Post deliveries could be reduced to three a week by end of year

Aus_Post_Logo_oldtextAustralia Post could be given the OK to end the everyday delivery of standard mail and introduce a two-tiered pricing system as early as year’s end, under reforms being considered by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Mr Turnbull is expected to present a rescue package for Australia Post, including three-day-a-week delivery for standard mail, to federal cabinet within months.

Mr Turnbull is also actively considering allowing the company to introduce a two-tiered pricing system, similar to Britain’s second-class mail service, for non-urgent letter deliveries. Customers wanting speedier letter delivery would pay more than the standard rate.

Safeguards for disadvantaged Australians, including pensioners, would be included in the reform package.

Read more: Australia Post deliveries could be reduced to three a week by end of year.

Australia Post workers consider striking

The postal workers’ union will contemplate industrial action over Australia Post’s plan to axe 900 jobs.

The federal government-owned corporation announced the cuts at 5pm on Tuesday, with its Melbourne head office expected to bear the brunt of the losses with jobs also to go in NSW and other states.

Managers and support staff are among those on the chopping block and Australia Post has ruled out any cuts to frontline services – including retail staff and posties.

Jim Metcher, from the Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union, said the body was weighing up whether to strike.

‘We don’t rule out anything in terms of any campaigns to be conducted by the union, involving the workforce against Australia Post,’ Mr Metcher told AAP.

The union boss wrote to Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour, who reportedly earns $4.8 million a year, on Wednesday calling for a meeting to discuss the job cuts in detail.

via Australia Post workers consider striking.