Postie Jane Gibbs heads down Ascot St in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Dunedin posties are more worried about still having a job
than how they will deliver the mail in the future.
In announcing 1500 to 2000 jobs would go across New Zealand
Post in the next three years, the company's chairman, Sir
Michael Cullen, also indicated the end of the cycling postie.
Sir Michael said it was part of a five-year strategy which
included changes to delivery days in 2015 announced last
week, continued ''optimisation'' of remaining mail processing
activities, progressively changing delivery to walking and
vehicle support, closure of post shops and increasing its
The regional impact of the job cuts would not be known until
the second half of next year, a spokesman said.
Dunedin postie and Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing
Union (EPMU) delegate Graeme Gibson said while posties
understood the general picture of the changes, they did not
know how many jobs would be left when the company finished
''We've been left waiting. All we know is in the future there
will be less jobs but there is no way to predict how many
It was that uncertainty that worried them, not their method
of delivering the mail. They also did not know what the
company intended by the delivery changes to accommodate the
increased growth in parcels, he said.
''Do they mean more posties on motorcycles or small vans?''We
can learn a different way. Posties are able and adaptable
Dunedin postie Jane Gibbs said posties on bikes were part of
the fabric of New Zealand so it would be sad to see them go.
''I enjoy the exercise part of the job.''
EPMU postal industry organiser Joe Gallagher said the
announcement was ''simply cruel. The scale of these cuts has
come as a real shock to our members.''
Yet again, New Zealand Post and the Government made the
announcement out of the blue, he said.
''These plans have clearly been in the pipeline for a long
time, but the people affected by them, including all New
Zealanders who use the postal service, have been kept in the
Staff now faced an uncertain future but also had time to plan
for the future, he said.
''The people who will lose their jobs will have a hard time
finding work in the current economic climate. Regional
communities will be hit hard.''
The proposed job cuts come on top of the closure of the
Dunedin mail processing centre with the loss of 73 jobs,
announced earlier this year.