Cecil Plains postie Tom Olley joined with thousands of Australia Post workers and licence holders in #WearWhite2Unite campaign against workplace bullying.
Cecil Plains postie Tom Olley joined with thousands of Australia Post workers and licence holders in #WearWhite2Unite campaign against workplace bullying.

Darling Downs postie backed Holgate’s bullying claim

A Darling Downs postmaster has thrown his support behind former-Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate as she appeared before a Senate inquiry.

According to Cecil Plains licensed post office owner Tom Olley, businesses like his would have closed if Ms Holgate and her executive team had not secured the Bank@Post deal.

It was his view that Ms Holgate was right to reward them with a Cartier watch and that Prime Minister Scott Morrison's call for her to resign was akin to bullying.

"Post offices like mine have been used as bank branches for a long time but the service was costing $48 million a year," Mr Olley said.

"Australia Post had to get that money out of the banks or cancel it."

"That was going to affect regional and rural communities because we are the last bastion in a lot of places.

"Cecil Plains has never had a bank and without it people would have to drive 45km to withdraw money."

 

Former Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate appeared before a Senate inquiry into changes at Australia Post, at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, April 13. Her support in the postal service wore white, to call out workplace bullying.
Former Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate appeared before a Senate inquiry into changes at Australia Post, at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, April 13. Her support in the postal service wore white, to call out workplace bullying.

The deal, minted by Ms Holgate and her team, led to a doubling of commissions paid by the banks to rural post offices for individual transactions.

"She fought the banks for a long time to pay us properly," Mr Olley said.

He added that Ms Holgate fostered a culture of respect for small town post offices that was lacking.

Staff wore white on Tuesday as part of the #WearWhite2Unite campaign against workplace bullying.

Meanwhile several thousand LPO owners mailed $10 to the PM's office to cover the cost of the watches.

Ms Holgate told the inquiry that she felt humiliated and pushed out of her job.

She also said the PM's public call for her to resign was "one of the worst acts of bullying I've ever witnessed."

Mr Olley agreed that the PM bullied Ms Holgate.

"If she gave them $5000 in cash and not a watch … and if she was a man, then we wouldn't be having this conversation," he said.

Originally published as Darling Downs postie backed Holgate's bullying claim



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