LPOG has partnered with a small business consortium manufacturing Australian washable, reusable face masks to meet the demands of our customers in the coming months, or years if we are unlucky. These masks are being manufactured by struggling small manufacturing businesses, in several different states, and just like us, they would benefit greatly from our support by buying, and selling Australian manufactured products, to help them survive through to the end of this pandemic, and hopefully beyond. LPOG members will receive a discounted rate for the packs, and we have been able to make this availbe via the central billing payment system, which will add this invoice to your Australia Post stock account if you select that option.
Currently a random selection of 50 Licensees across Australia are being audited, for an on behalf of Australia Post by PKF, in an endeavour to discover if the entire LPO network might have systemic issues with compliance of the current workplace obligations under the 2017 Vulnerable Workers Act.
The ARA and NRA each requested authorisation to enable their tenant members who have been adversely affected by the COVID‑19 pandemic to collectively negotiate with landlords regarding the support to be provided to tenants by landlords.
This authorisation has now been approved by the ACCC. If you are in need of support in this situation contact the ARA on 1300 368 041 to discuss your options.
Could be you forgot to renew your LPOG membership, so check that you did remember to note your membership reference if you made a direct deposit. We have several renewals each year that just have LPOG Renewal as the reference, and we are trying to identify that a bit quicker this year. Especially for those that have also paid their Public Liability Insurance in that payment.
A notice is just about to be loaded up on POP for LPOs in Victoria trading in the lockdown stage 4 area/state to authorise you and your employees to travel to and from work.
Read the info provided and print off the work permit form for each staff member and Licensees. These work permits will have to be with you when travelling for work purposes.
Stay safe everyone and hopefully it will not be necessary for the rest of the states to use these permits, if we are lucky.
Once again Licensees have the opportunity to voice their opinions, or raise their concerns, regarding the future direction of the business that we are so heavily invested in. Over the past 10 years, as part of the retail arm of Australia Post, we have been forced to adjust our business model to meet the changing needs of our communities. It is now the time for the delivery side of the business to look to meeting the changing needs of our customers.
LPOG invites concerned Licensee to contact your Federal Member, and your State Senators, to seek support for the Temporary Regularatory Relief Legislation. The Legislation will allow Australia Post to better position the business to manage the next peak period which will be coming up very quickly.
LPOGroup recommends Licensees contact their local Federal Member to add your voice to support the move to improve the utilisation of the Postal Delivery arm of Australia Post. To allow Australia Post to move forward and remain viable for the future.
Continuing to pay the same pay to employees that do not have the same amount of work to do, yet refusing to find other ways for those employees to be productive in other ways, is not the way to ensure a robust and economically sound business moving forward. As investors in this business this must be called out for what it is, an absolute waste of our resources.
There is little doubt most LPOs have experienced change over the past decade, but the last 3 months has seen rapid change piling in on top of us, in the form of more and more parcels all over Australia. Most Licensees have had to work out very quickly how we adjust to these changes on the fly, because the parcels just kept coming in over the counters and the flow did not diminish to what we had previously expected. We are once again facing an increased need to adjust because Christmas is not so far away, and that is our next expected peak period.
With that in mind Australia Post management has taken the very necessary steps to address the underutilised Posties service delivering letters to our residential addresses in metro areas, in an effort to get ahead of the next peak, and the future growth areas for the business.
Licensees have invested billions of dollars of our personal funds into this business, and we have every right to expect the management of Australia Post to best utilised the resources of the business, to provide the best outcomes for all the stakeholders in this business, not just the employee arm of this business. Licensees have long called for a retainer payment to compensate for when we experience downtimes, when our door are required to remain wide open as per our agreement, our overheads continue to accrue and that does not change, but our foot traffic is no where to be seen and our revenue diminishes as we wait at the counter for a customer to appear. There has been no appetite from any sector of the business, nor any Government of the day for such compensation payments, most especially the Unions. The cry is always - there is no money!
If this waste of resources is going on all over the employed arm of the business, there is little wonder there is no money!