Tag: Postal Workers Union of Aotearoa

Government accused of sabotaging a second SOE

Press Release – Postal Workers Union of Aotearoa The Government is being accused of sabotaging another state owned enterprise following the collapse of Solid Energy.Government accused of sabotaging a second state owned enterprise after Solid Energy collapse The Government is being accused of sabotaging another state owned enterprise following the collapse of Solid Energy. The Postal Workers Union says posties employed by New Zealand Post are required by the Government to undermine the letter business of the state owned enterprise by carrying the mail of private sector competitors. While the Postal Workers Union is well aware of the changing patterns of communications the management of NZ Post appears to be less about the economics of mail decline and more about the ideology of privatisation. In 1997 the Business Round Table had called for the deregulation and privatisation of NZ Post. Before the 1999 general election finance minister Bill English had said NZ Post would be on the block for privatisation. The Postal Services Act 1998 set NZ Post up for a process of privatisation by stealth by being required to subsidise private sector mail companies as the private companies build up their letter business on the back of a state owned enterprise. Of particular concern to the Union is that NZ Post’s CEO has not responded to the Union’s urging of him to reassure apprehensive employees that NZ Post...

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Union accuses Government of sabotaging New Zealand Post

Press Release – Postal Workers Union of Aotearoa While finance minister Bill English says the Government does not intend to sell New Zealand Post, they are doing a very good job at trying to sabotage the state owned postal service, says Postal Workers Union spokesperson John Maynard.Union accuses Government of sabotaging New Zealand Post Thursday 23 July 2015 “While finance minister Bill English says the Government does not intend to sell New Zealand Post, they are doing a very good job at trying to sabotage the state owned postal service”, says Postal Workers Union spokesperson John Maynard. “Posties may be the only employees in New Zealand compelled to assist private companies to actively undermine the viability of their own employer. The National Government’s Postal Services Act 1998 requires posties to deliver the mail of private sector mail companies which do not have their own delivery network. “The Government has also been consistently pressuring New Zealand Post to reduce its costs. The company’s response has included privatising Post Shops and reducing delivery services. “To the marketing advantage of its private sector competitors New Zealand Post has also loudly proclaimed its delivery service reductions while at the same time quietly removing many hundreds of kerb side post boxes against strongly expressed objections from within local communities. “We have just discovered this evening that the two post boxes outside the office of...

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