As you are probably now aware, an application has been made to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to replace the Postal Services Industry Award 2003 with a Modern Enterprise Award. The application was lodged on 23-Dec-2013 by the Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU).
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It is with pleasure LPOG announce the signing of a Consultative Agreement with Australia Post.
For more than 20 years, Australia Post and POAAL have resisted all attempts to have alternative Licensees Associations accredited to represent Licensees interests, in the ongoing management of the LPO Agreement. Finally this has now been achieved. LPOG would like to pay tribute to the past groups and individuals who worked hard, and paved a lot of the way, for LPOG to achieve this position.
The Licensed Post Office Group has become the second Licensees representative Body to have a formal consultative Agreement with Australia Post.
It does seem crazy that the signing of a Consultative Agreement, by an alternative Licensees Body was so unattainable for so long, but lots of things seem crazy once they have been conquered.
How good of you to write to LPOG Vic Lic.
We also received your previous message in the form of the copy of the paper clipping (same font and same addressing style) and we thought you were concerned about the many Licensees who may not deal well with the administrators when they go broke. We were touched that you cared so much. Bless you.
But your letter will allow open debate on the very issues that have driven the LPOG for the last 12 months. If your letter was signed, and you had provided your name and address, then we could have answered you personally, but alas you forgot that part of your letter. Never mind we assume that you will read this so that will have to suffice.
But where do we start? Maybe we could start with your plea (in bold x 3) at the bottom of your missive to stop our drive to restore profitability and value to the LPO network.
Put simply, not a hope in hell. We are over working for less than the dole, and you need to sit yourself down and take a much better look at your business, and understand why we will not stop.
Licensees have been advised this morning of the opportunity for the return of the 60c stamp for credit. All the details are available via the information received in your office this morning, conditions apply and there is a limited timeframe for those wishing to take up this offer. Remember to plaster parcels with all the rest and clear them out that way also. If you use the part paid process and generate a label and tracking number for the extra then it is pretty easy to turn this stock back into cash.
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If the top of the chain in AP just put out an urgent memo to all area mangers, state managers, stock supply and customer service to ditch the attitude towards us, start being helpful with a smile and remove the words "no can do" from their vocabulary and add the words how can we help? If our issues are over their heads or skill level then rather than just make it up, forward us on to who can help. Also, write one rule book and immediately roll it out nationally to ALL parties. Now wouldn't that be nice.
Under the Franchising Code of Conduct (FCC) there is no distinction between a Licensee and a Franchisee.
The FCC therefore covers, or is supposed to cover, our agreement with Australia Post, and protect the rights and obligations of both parties. Sadly this has not been the case for most Licensees or Franchisees. So today's media release by Minister Bruce Billson will be welcomed in our circles as we try to secure our future.
Many of you will have followed the Wein Review of the Franchising Code Of Conduct early last year, and the recommendations that were published as a result of that review, and quite a lot of other representations made to the previous Government over the years. There was a collective sigh of relief when the recommendations were released, as there was a strong recommendation that 'good faith provisions' be included in all Franchise Agreement. The need for financial penalties was also recommended. These two provisions would have brought a lot of comfort to Licensees in our dealings with our Franchisor, Australia Post. Followers of this review were concerned that the change of Government might see this review slip below the water and disappear out of sight.
The Senate Committee has decided to extend the current Senate Inquiry until the end of August.
The decision to further extend the Inquiry (announced on the APH website on 27/03/2014) follows a disappointing response by Australia Post with regards to our first four negotiation submissions (three of which relate to increased payments).