Issues of Concern for LPOG Members

LPOG Members acknowledge that we have made great inroads into improving our business outcomes since we decided enough was enough in March 2013. Since those early days we have had a lot of political support, and a lot of movement from Australia Post to improve the payments made to many LPOs. The combined results of increased minimum payments, introduction of scanning payments, increases in street carded article payments, POB advances and the lifts in the BPR from 60c to $1 have made significant improvements for most Licensees. The financial results have allowed many of us to remain open, and in a lot of cases, returned the LPO to a viable position.

However we all knew that without a complete overhaul of our agreement it would not be long before we started slipping backwards again. We have seen Australia Post clawing back these hard won gains at every conceivable opportunity. 6 months on from the BPR rise to $1 and there is a glacial pace being adopted in regard to payment reform, and that is now causing a lot of concern for LPOG members. The fight to restore our industry to a viable position was not about short term gains. We are looking for a commercial rewarding and secure future for our Billion dollar investments.

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NOTE: Towards the bottom of the side bar you can find a POMs Login button for anyone who is having trouble accessing the portal without their email link. You still need your log in details to get into the portal, but the button will take you to the portal to log in screen.

Have you worked out how to run this, and get stuff the rest of the Licensee network should know about and use to help run the LPO.

July 2016 Election

There has been many request from members about who LPOG will support in the upcoming election. The short answer is any party that supports Licensees.

There are some standout champions for our cause, and for staying power it would be difficult to find better allies for us than Qld LNP Senator Barry O'Sullivan and SA Senator Nick Xenophon. These two have really led the charge to keep our issues alive and active in Canberra. However LPOG members have spent the last 4 years building support with politicians from every party. It is fair to say we have probably focused on the Senate as they have a broader state view of our issues, rather than individual electorates.

Mail Plus Changes

UPDATE:

Australia Post has confirmed that only the initial supply of express post satchels will be via a corporate outlet, as the MP Licensees will be exchanging the pre paid Toll satchels they currently supply, for the AP satchels that will now be their core product. After that it will be as existing with supply being from the LPO if that is where the MP drivers have been sourcing the stock. So the initial concerns being raised today are not as we heard. There may be other issues with Mail Plus yet to come, but supply being restricted is not one of them supposedly. LPOG executives are meeting with AP and Mail Plus on 20 May to "consult" on how we can work together to progress our combined businesses. 

Original Posting:

Lots of Licensees contacting LPOG about news from Mail Plus Licensees today. LPOG understands that at a Mail Plus Conference over the weekend, Mail Plus Licensees have been informed that they will be only able to deal with stock purchases from corporate outlets from now on.

This is not what was promoted by Australia Post or Mail Plus to LPOG. We have contact Post for urgent clarification of this news to seek facts at this stage.

Why Join LPOG?

One of the questions asked most often is why should I join LPOG? What is the difference between LPOG and POAAL?

Apart from viewing the 2 different Representative bodies at the Senate Inquiry,    http://parlview.aph.gov.au/mediaPlayer.php?videoID=213194&operation_mode...,

or the Senators comments following the tabeling of the Senate Report    http://www.lpogroup.com.au/content/senate-inquiry-final-report-supported...

  • Additional Comments in the Senate here (Skip to 4:57:00) and here (From Beginning) - 25/9/2014

its fair to use the following youtube clip to explain a lot. POAAL had exclusive rights to manage the LPO Agreement for all of it's 23+ years. They were the only accredited Association Licensees had to turn to in all that time. It is inconceivable that POAAL was unaware of the inequity of the grapes and the cucumbers situation that was happening in our LPOs every day, for 20 years. If they were unaware, it is probably worse. 

Have at look at this clip   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meiU6TxysCg

It is breathtaking to see how quickly the monkey in this clip twigged to the inequity of his situation. And gobsmacking to realise that it took Licensees so long to see what needed to be done, or that there are still Licensees out there who still don't get the fair pay issue. The swift return of the cucumber is probably the most enlightening thing I have seen for quite a while.

It could be viewed as a demonstration of the origins of LPOG

Senator Nick Xenophon and the NSW RNP Team

were guests at the Terry Ashcroft and LPOG Trade Day in Sydney. The RNP teams spent the whole day networking with Licensees, discussing one on one issues and showing Licensees the new POMs payment system. Fair to say that was very well received, and much appreciated by Licensees who attended.

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