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Tuesday, 19 May 1970

Mr Stewart asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice:

(1)   Have plans been formulated (o transfer postal delivery staff al the Belmore and Belfield Post Offices to the Campsie Post Office when the new building is completed.

(2)   If so (a) what beneficial results will accrue to his Department and the public, (b) what detrimental effects will be suffered by the transfered postal delivery staff in rates of pay. travelling time and fares, and (c) what will be the effect on the grading of the three post offices.

Mr Hulme - The answer to the hon ourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes. It is proposed to transfer the Belmore and Belfield postmen to the Campsie Post Office when the new building is completed in two or three years lime.

(2)   (a) The Belfield postmen are now located some distance away from the controlling post office and the move will bring them under the supervision of the Postmaster, Campsie. It will also enable capital expenditure on the Belmore building to be deferred for some years and will provide better accommodation for the postmen from both centres. The change is designed to achieve more economical and efficient operating arrangements and the existing standard of delivery service to the public will be maintained.

(b)   The transfer will up-grade the position in charge of the postmen at Campsie but the "in charge" allowance at present paid to a postman at Belfield and also at Belmore will be withdrawn. In regard to travelling time, if the present nine postmen are still stationed at these centres when the change takes place, three postmen would benefit, one would take the same time, and five would travel one railway station or bus section further. Fares for five would stay the same, three would pay SO cents a week more and one would pay 84 cents a week more. If the move causes hardship to any postman, consideration would be given at the time to a transfer to any vacancy at a post office closer to his home, if desired. In addition, consideration may be given under the Public Service Regulations to payment of excess fares for a settling in period.

(c)   Only the Belmore Post Office is likely to be affected and this will probably be reduced by one grade.

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