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Australia Post to make their second appearance at the Senate Inquiry
Watch (Majority of Hearing "In Camera" private session)
We expected appearances by Australia Post CEO Mr Ahmed Fahour and Mr Peter Hunt (BCCM). Unfortunately most of the Hearing was not broadcasted and we only got to see a fraction of it.
Licensees may be wondering why most of the hearing was in private session. Witnesses can request this under certain circumstances and in this case it was due to questions by the Committee Chair about how Australia Post posted a $312m profit last financial year, but in a recent Senate Estimates Mr Fahour has stated that the second half of this financial year AP is running at a loss. A pretty alarming turnaround by anyone's measure.
The 23 Page Instruction Manual (Step Guide) to create an account for concession card holders
The following article contains an extract from Senate Estimates (25/2/2014). For full context click here to download complete Hansard.
You can find the Guide on the AP intranet: POSTLINK | GUIDES & TRAINING | TRAINING RESOURCES | RETAIL INFORMATION GUIDES | MYPOST
In a recent Senate Estimates Hearing, AP's CEO estimated the final Ministerial ruling on the increase to the BPR would happen on the 3rd week of March. As at the 12th of March, the Concession stamps have been distributed to outlets, the MyPost database and front end system have been developed, Application Forms printed and distributed and a whopping big 23 page Instruction Manual (Step Guide) has been created.
So what's the big drama? Firstly, to our knowledge there was zero consultation with Licensees or Licensee representative bodies in the development of this scheme. And unsurprisingly none of the Licensees who responded to our Concessional Stamp Discount Survey agreed with AP's implementation plan.
LPO Group, in conjunction with Terry Ashcroft invites Licensees to attend:
LPOG ANNIVERSARY MASSIVE SYDNEY MEETING AND TRADE SHOW
- LPOG Sydney Trade Show from 10 am onwards and LPOG meeting starting at 2pm on 22 March 2014
- Greyhound Social Club at 140 Rookwood Road, Yagoona NSW 2199.
Located on the corner of Rookwood Road and Boardman Street in Yagoona. There is a large car park, and food and beverage is available on site. Senator Barry O'Sullivan will be addressing the meeting by telecast and sharing with us his views on where we are with our Senate Inquiry.
Put that date aside to come and hear what is happening for your business and what you need to do to help.
What a shocker...
To all those nice tidy people out there who clear the decks just in case they never need that again, you need to thank a very helpful Licensee who keeps it all just in case.....
Although after reading this flyer maybe it was better to think the LPOG was the group that had come up with a new idea that Licensees were being grossly underpaid and overworked. Sadly that is not the case. This 1997 newsletter from LPOAL, an alternative Licensees Body, could have been written by us. And that is truly terrifying. LPOAL tried for many years to get recognition as an accredited Representative Body for Licensees. They tried the legal pathway, and it cost them all a lot of money, and time, and in the end they needed to get POAAL's approval for them to be official. And what was the chance of that happening? No prizes for the correct answer to that. LPOAL folded in 2003-4 after running out of steam.
Check out the legal opinion of POAAL's Consultative Agreement with AP on the second page of this flyer. Seems it is not worth the paper it was written on. Is that what AP and POAAL have been trying to keep under wraps for all the years in between?
Now that LPOG has a bit of paper that allows us in the door, we need to make very sure that we build on that result and that we do not have the same outcome as LPOAL in the end.
Overview of the Adelaide Metro Super Meeting held on Tuesday Night (4/3/14)
The Adelaide Meeting was very successful with 40 Licensees attending and an informative presentation by LPOGroup, SASBC (South Australian Small Business Commissioner) and BookPower Australia.
The impact of inadequate payments to regional and metro LPOs was not only expressed in the presentation but through discussions between Licensees on the night. It is evident there are Licensees who are doing it very tough and although early box payments have created a buffer, the depth of financial pain requires a more serious commitment by Australia Post to sustain LPOs who are a core part of the business.
The importance of putting in submissions to the Senate Inquiry was an major theme on the night. Licensees could see the narrow opportunity to gather evidence, document their issues in their own words and make a submission while there is a powerful audience.
In the Fin Review on the 18 November:
By December The public sector Finance Manager of the Year, Australia Post CFO (Chief Financial Officer) Alison Harrop, leaves the profitable Company.
In November Ms Harrop as per this article states 'although the death of snail mail has been greatly exaggerated'
Ms Harrop concludes with “We’re already a well-run profitable business,”
Additional Public Hearing Tuesday - (04/03/2014)
UPDATE: View Recorded Coverage Here
Witnesses have been recalled to appear in front of the Senate Committee - however the program seems to only show LPOG appearing at 6:45pm AEST. It may be worth tuning in earlier incase there are other witnesses.
We wish our Chairperson Angela Cramp and Vice-Chairperson Andrew Hirst the best of luck as they continue to stand up for LPOs and demonstrate the need for decisive action that will secure the viability of the LPO network.
Members Only section now has the worksheet and instructions to work this out for your own office. Just need to log in to acces it.
The BPR is rising on the 31 March 2014, by 16.6%, but the effect on individual LPOs income will be in the amount of payments received by individual LPOs that are linked to the BPR. LPOs income will not increase by the full 16.6% unless 100% of your income is gained from BPR linked payments.
LPOG has presented the Senate with some examples of the difference in this increase for a range of LPOs to showcase the inadequacies of this rise, as being the proposed 'be all and end all' to our problems of massive underpayments. The examples shown clearly indicate that the rise will not return anything like the required 36% necessary to bring our payments in line with the CPI.
- LiPOMS Analysis_BPR impact (GRAPHS).pdf
- LiPOMS Analysis_BPR impact as $.pdf
- LiPOMS Analysis_BPR impact as %.pdf
- BPR - CPI - AWOTE Increases 1993 - 2013.pdf
LPOG is designing a worksheet which will be available to members shortly, to fill out to see how this rise will effect your office. Once the worksheet has been finalised it will be available to download in the members section.