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2014-08-15

Material Handling Equipment

New tender on mobile material handling equipment

Australia Post has signed a two year agreement with Toyota Material Handling Australia for the purchase, rentals and maintenance of forklifts and mobile materials handling equipment.

Members would be aware that load shifting equipment from three vendors was trialled and assessed. Field assessments were conducted late last year in Melbourne Parcel Facility, Dandenong Letters Centre, Mt Waverley Business Hub, Sydney Parcel Facility and Sydney West Letters Facility.

While Post had tried to insist that everything in relation to the tender was “strictly confidential” the CWU National Office was able to secure the involvement of HSRs and CWU Delegates nominated by State Branches in the process.

Getting operators as well to use the equipment is fundamental in the whole process. Users of the equipment need to be guided on their own experiences. The Post evaluation form was deficient. Hopefully Post’s flawed process will not be repeated and has not fouled the desired outcome of getting equipment is safe and fit for purpose.

Thank you to CWU Delegates, HSRs and members who provided feedback on the equipment during the tender process.

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