The Newsagents Association of NSW & ACT (NANA) had formally requested Fairfax Media and News Corp Australia to resolve persistent concerns relating to late deliveries of newspapers that put (certain) Newsagents in operational conflict between their contractual obligations with newspaper publishers and the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
Late newspapers firstly pose risks to the Newsagents and their staff.
Work, Healthy and Safety laws require Newsagents to consider::
Under the "Duty of Care" as well as "Duty to consult with other duty holders" legal requirements, Newsagents and newspaper publishers (also as the other legal duty holder) have legal obligations to ensure compliance with the Work Health and Safety Act. NANA has consulted Fairfax Media and News Corp Australia.
Only Fairfax Media has to date responded and formally confirmed NANA’s interpretation of Newsagents’ obligations under the Work, Health and Safety Act. Read about Fairfax's response here.
On top of Work, Health and Safety risks, significant costs are incurred by Newsagents due to late newspaper deliveries. Apart from wasted labour costs due to idle time spent waiting for the delivery, the extended time of delivery drivers therefore increases labour costs that were not budgeted for.
NANA advises Newsagents to record their daily delivery times, and consult with publishers as to what time they should reasonably expect their newspapers. NANA also provides the spreadsheet calculator, template letters and tools to assist [please login using your NANA Username and Password].
REPRODUCED FROM THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 14 DECEMBER 2013
The tradition of sending Christmas cards is surviving the digital onslaught. With so many forms of communication at our fingertips, personalised cards are valued "as a demonstration of effort", said Chiang Lim, spokesman for the Newsagents Association of NSW & ACT.
You can send an email, he said, but people go to more trouble to send cards - something appreciated by the recipient.