Posties and the EPMU

Posties could be saved if the EPMU spends less at Palmers Garden World.

The incoherence award for confusing media releases goes to the EPMU after NZ Post faced up to reality and Minister Amy Adams grew a pair after vacillating for far too long on a modern postal service.  Not that this has pleased the comrades at the EPMU.

In a superbly worded media release it managed to argue for and against itself. Galileo must have been wrong given the EPMU spinning these pearls of wisdom:

“Moving to a three day mail delivery service is not sustainable or justified by current mail volumes, says the union for postal workers, the EPMU.”

Yet, forgetting what they wrote only two sentences beforehand, EPMU postal industry organiser George Collins adds this wonderful insight: 

“Postal services all over the world are suffering from declining mail volumes and having to adapt, and New Zealand Post is no different.”

So let me get this straight. Postal volumes are in free fall but not one job should go. Great way to run a business eh, I wonder if the EPMU does that judging by its staff sloping off to Remuera Palmers at 1:30pm on a weekday afternoon. Thank goodness they are so noble because:

“The EPMU is working together with New Zealand Post to find ways to adjust to this decline while protecting postal workers’ jobs and the integrity of New Zealand’s postal service.”

The clanger comes right here since having opposed a reduction in delivery days as unjustified, the EPMU says:

“This may involve a reduction in the number of delivery days or redeployment within New Zealand Post, but we would caution against any kneejerk reactions.”

So the EPMU says it is okay to deliver less of a service so long as not one union member loses their sub paying role, I mean, job.

Here is my reaction, this is Class 1 bullshit from a bullshit bunch of useless non-entities way past their use by date. If you work at NZ Post you don’t need these dinosaurs taking your money to spend at Palmers when they are paid to be working for you.

My advice, “return to sender.”


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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