STRUGGLING postal operator NZ Post is shedding more jobs, announcing 120 roles will go in a restructure of its mail processing operations.
Three of state-owned enterprise’s six mail handling centres will close in the shake-up, while the remaining centres will be expanded.
Mail centres in Wellington, Hamilton and Dunedin will close, as will mail processing operations at 54 smaller locations, while Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch operations will be increased.
Around 500 part-time and full-time jobs will go, while around 380 new jobs will be created at the larger centres.
NZ Post chief executive Brian Roche says the move will help streamline postal processing and improve efficiency.
He says the move will cut overheads especially the costs of leasing and operating major facilities in multiple locations.
“It is never easy to make these sorts of decisions when it impacts on peoples jobs, but the economic reality is that New Zealand Post must increase the efficiency of its operations to remain viable,” Mr Roche said.
“Not to make the necessary changes now would imperil a network which is a vital component of the New Zealand economy and community. This is the right thing to do to make sure we have a viable mail processing network providing service to all of New Zealand now and into the future.”
The changes will be phased in next year.
The news comes less than a week after the company said it would cull as many as 100 management jobs in Wellington and Auckland.
Most of the corporate jobs will be lost from its Wellington headquarters.
The job cuts come as NZ Post deals with shrinking mail volumes and it is seeking to cut postal deliveries from six days a week to three which needs government approval.
Mail volumes are falling at around eight per cent each year.