I have been doing some research. I found the following article posted on the Parliament of Australia website to be very interesting. Thought if my article was posted on your website it may help potential and existing supporters clearly understand that unless they support the formation of a new body to represent them, nothing will change and Australia Post will simply continue on their merry way having “meaningful” discussions only with POAAL.
AP's generosity knows no bounds
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Licensees would have arrived to their offices this morning to an exciting message on their outlet messaging advising that some outlets will receive the sum of 22c for scanning street addressed carded articles as collected/delivered, redirected or RTS, Even worse, the payment is only for a trial period.
The letter goes on to advise that this is in addition to the current carded article fee being paid to Licensees.
After more than eight years of negotiation on the payment amount AP are only able to offer 22 cents. How can they be so generous.......
Saturday the 23 March 2013 saw the steering committee elected to form the Licensed Post Offices Franchisees Association, The LPO Group.
A New Era Dawns..
Saturday the 23 March 2013 heralded the formation of the Franchisees Association for Licensed Post Offices, The LPO Group. The meeting was addressed by a director of the Franchisees Association of Australia, who outlined the way forward for the future direction of the LPO Group as a Franchisees Association.
It Really Can Get Worse
If Licensees have read the latest pro forma letters currently being distributed by POAAL, you may well realise things can really get a whole lot worse, if we continue to let them.
A careful reading of the April ready documents indicate that all domestic parcels will now have tracking. That would indicate an expectation that every Licensee will be inspired to scan a parcel into the mail stream.
These pro forma letters from POAAL suggest that every parcel will also have an attached email address. Surely that also indicates the expectation that every Licensee will also be inspired to type in a customer's email address during the processing of the parcel at the counter.
Australia Posts Annual Report for 2012 shows the before tax profit was $366.7m (after tax $281.2m). The Commonwealth Government was paid a dividend of $213.7m (a return on equity of a whopping 18.7%)
Australia Post also paid $85.5m in tax.
An election in September is great news for Licensees. There is hundreds of politicians looking for votes and now is the time to use our combined force to move our mountain.
Over the last 18 months Senator Eric Abetz (Leader of the Opposition in the Australian
Senate and part of the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team) has been looking very closely at the plight of the Licensed Post Office. He has raised many of our issues at the Senate Estimates hearings, and has had some measure of success assisting individual Licensees who were up against the wall.