If you are still a POAAL member, and free on Sunday afternoon 9th November, in Sydney, then see if you can get yourself a seat at this meeting, and take along the Senate Recommendations and bring them to POAAL's attention. We are very anxious to see if they support, or agree, with the recommendations, and what their position is on the Senate report.
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MyPost - Licensees excluded from business strategy discussions, operational consultation and remuneration negotiations.
In recent LEEP meetings Licensees have learned about Parcel Collect, a MyPost service for customers wishing to address their parcels to a Post Office of their choice.
On the surface it looks like a promising service for customers, however yet again the fee does not match the service conducted at LPOs. In fact, the service hasn't been field tested properly because the red MyPost card that is a key part of the service was not issued to any of the customers who participated in the trial. Therefore no time and motion analysis could have been conducted as no statistics exist on transaction exceptions such as: proportion of customers not presenting their MyPost card at time of parcel collection.
Senate Estimate hearings postponed due to the passing of former PM Gough Whitlam
Taken from the APH website:
Today’s estimates hearings will not proceed as a mark of respect to former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. The hearings not occurring today will be rescheduled. Further information will be provided as it is received.
However, after speaking with a mixture of Licensees, some of whom are POAAL members and several who are not members of LPOG or POAAL, there is a concern that they do not know where POAAL stands on the Senate Inquiry or the recommendations. While we cannot comment on behalf of POAAL, the POAAL website has this brief article.
LPOG has therefore written a sincere, open letter to POAAL requesting they make their position be known to all. All stakeholders, particularly Licensees, need to know this information as a matter of urgency.
So just how does a Licensee make the difficult decision to close the doors and walk away? Or can we adjust the business model to allow for partial survival?
Not giving up with our struggle by any means but looking at the need for a reality check for some of us further along the path than the rest. Maybe we should prepare for the worst while hoping all the time for the best. That way we may cover all our options.
We have among our members several Licensees who are heading towards the end of the Licensee run at a faster rate than some of the rest of us. No doubt there are an equal, if not greater, number of Licensees who are not members in the same situation. It is very disturbing for those Licensees, and for the rest of us who are still standing in the line awaiting our turn, facing this outcome from what was once a very exciting idea to purchase an LPO.
In the spirit of support and exchange of ideas, even at the worst of time, the idea of working up an exit strategy was raised.
Senator John Williams, the former Chair of the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee which has completed the inquiry, says postal services in Australia are at the crossroads. Senator Williams said the inquiry was forced because LPO owners were fed up with what they perceived as Australia Post's shabby treatment of them and their refusal to engage.
In the delivery of the Senate Inquiry Final report in the Senate last month, all stakeholders were challenged to take ownership of the issues and act on the Reccomendations
In a recent Opinion Piece, Mr Fahour tells the media:
"And while we recognise some licensees are facing tougher times than others, a recent independent KPMG report found the average operating profit for a licensed post office had actually increased in the past two years and revenue growth is expected to increase this year due to our increased investment in the network.
LPOG Licensees in the Illawarra would like to meet up with other Licensees for a pre-LEEP meeting.
- Location / Time: Shellharbour Club on the 23 October 2014.
- We will have copies of the Final Report and the recommendations handed down by the Senate.
- Licensees will be in the far left hand corner of the club (next to the Verandah) from 5.15p onwards.