Australian Post Office Affected by Email and Social Media
In an interesting, yet predictable turn of events, Australia seems to be affected by emails and social media’s like Facebook, Twitter etc. The increasing popularity and accessibility to people and information caused by social media and emails is forcing to close down post offices across Australia.
The Sunday Herald Sun has reported that it has received a list of 27 post offices nationally that will be closed starting December 31, 2010.
The organization, which employees 34,000 people, has seen a dip in profitability for from $500 million a few years ago to $100 million last year.
In its annual report the company said
If we do not take action now to reform our business model, Australia Post will lose money in the next few years. This is not an option.
Australia Post national media manager, Lanie Harris, said
The 27 outlets identified in July represent 0.6 per cent of our network. Those on the list will be monitored before any final decision is made. Any decision to close a post office is taken as a final resort
The union was informed of the closure during the week and told that the staff will be offered new positions. Employees were also told that the selected outlets to be closed were identified based on their long-term sustainability and future. $150 million has been retained for a redundancy program.