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2016-03-29

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Australia Post 'genie in a bottle' thought bubble not a real plan

Divisional Office has put Australia Post on notice that any plans to have posties completing all sort of odd jobs would be met with fierce resistance.

Reports that Australia Post was planning for posties to do everything from looking after family pets to checking electricity and water meters as well as being a nursing aid for the elderly were an indication that Australia Post had no idea how to diversify its business.

Instead of undeveloped thought bubbles about posties doing everything from meter readings to caring for the elderly and family pets, Australia Post should focus on allowing their posties to deliver the mail on time.

Whilst the Union understands Australia Post’s goal to diversify its business we want to see a credible plan from Australia Post including an investment in skills and training for staff.

But the fact is posties are not currently resourced, trained or paid to complete the type of genie tasks the Australia Post executive group are dreaming about.

If Australia Post wants to increase pay, provide funding for training on new skills to cover the new work, then we are all ears and willing to participate in talks. Until then, these ideas are not worth the paper they’re written on.

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