NZ Post to cut mail centre staff

Total job losses of 80-100 full-time equivalent staff are expected from New Zealand Post's six mail centres around the country, which includes Dunedin's Strathallan St site.

The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union is scheduled to meet NZ Post management on Monday at the Strathallan St centre for talks before staff and management meet on Tuesday to hear details of the restructuring - prompted by a 30 million, or 3%, decline in postal items from one billion.

Dunedin's Strathallan St mail centre employs 75 people in processing and 15 in administration and support.

NZ Post postal service chief executive Peter Fenton was contacted yesterday and confirmed the likelihood of losing 80-100 full-time equivalent roles from across the six processing centres, which in total employ 1800 people.

However, there were no expectations of how many jobs would be affected at the individual sites as they had different levels of attrition, work rates and job numbers, Mr Fenton said.

An email leaked to the Otago Daily Times this week, of a briefing between Mr Fenton and the union a fortnight ago, painted a grim picture of the forthcoming consultation round, labelling the postal decline as "unprecedented" and job losses "unavoidable".

Mr Fenton said yesterday there was no time-frame for the consultation period, but working in tandem with the union and staff he would expect the process to take six to eight weeks.

The consultation spans talks on work hours reduction, natural attrition of jobs, voluntary redundancies and redundancies.


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