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State newsagent associations granted collective bargaining right

Mark Fletcher
April 27th, 2009 · 12 Comments

Newsagents have been granted collective bargaining rights by the ACCC.  The QNF, NANA and VANA, state associations representing newsagents in Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT and Victoria have been granted the right to represent newsagents in this.  This is an initiative started by the QNF and NANA.  Congratulations to them for pursuing this for newsagents.

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  • 1 Lance // Apr 27, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Encouraging to see that the State Associations are interested in assisting the industry!

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  • 2 david // Apr 27, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Yes Lance. Well done VANA for initiating this. Where is the ANF?

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  • 3 Derek // Apr 27, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    This collaboration will hopefully see further progress on other issues, member inititaives and a multitude of areas for the betterment of the Newsagency channel. I hope it wil continue and congratulations after all I have been a major critic of the Associations.

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  • 4 rick // Apr 27, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    i think the state associations are doing the right thing, the QNF is doing a pretty good job. I find it hard to believe that anybody is still a member of the ANF, it has played no contructive role in the newsagency channel for years. The sooner the plug is pulled on it the better.

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  • 5 Luke // Apr 27, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Who decides what newsagents in these states want? Do the associations speak for non members or just their own members? What if a newsagent disagrees with what the majority wants?
    These questions would need to be answered before I make up my opinion on collective bargaining.
    After the sh#t fight that has gone on recently on different fronts I am not convinced any associations act in our best interest, mainly their own. I could be wrong, this could a good thing however since most newsagencies are privately owned I cannot see how a minority association can speak for everyone, or this may not be the case. They may only be acting for their members, if so so be it.

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  • 6 Brad // Apr 27, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Luke your right given what these guys are known to do what governs ‘good for all’. This collective bargaining still doesn’t force the supplier to the table. It is seen by some as a toothless tiger. Still I conceed that they have done well and it is no small step. But let’s have clear heads the collective bargaining gives us the right to be heard as one but no-one has to listen.

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  • 7 ANDY // Apr 27, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    I think that for years we have been used and abused by paper mag and lotto companies . this maybe a chance to change for the better.i think we need to get behind the associations and act as one to get better conditions.if we dont we will be much worse off in years to come if we are still here at all cheers andy

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  • 8 George // Apr 27, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Unfortunately Andy the suppliers know that our associations are a pathetic joke with no authority or ability to enforce boycotts or compliance from members. As such they are ignored by the majority of suppliers unless it comes to getting some good brand marketing during the annual backslapping get togethers.

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  • 9 ANDY // Apr 28, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    why is it that there is 8 comments on a subject that can help the newsagency channel and 48 on people browsing?

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  • 10 Mark // Apr 28, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Andy this is a good question. I am hopeful that NANA, QNF and VANA use this as an opportunity to grow their engagement. This is certainly happening in QLD with success for the QNF.

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  • 11 Bario // Apr 28, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    will be interested to see how this collective bargaining rights will be used for the benefit of the newsagents.

    That will then show whether all these associations are heading in the right direction which may then encourage more membership.
    If we had to pay and get no results in return, then it’s really money wasted, given the tough economic times ahead, any penny saved will be of help.

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  • 12 Derek // Apr 28, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    It is a good question- Bario’s right!

    Their are many dissallusioned and angry Newsagents and Affiliates regarding Associations / Federation for not uniting on common causes and also not addressing the fundamental issues affecting peoples livelyhoods.

    Their is no doubt people are waiting for proof , TRANSPARANCY and consistancy by these representatives to address the Industries concerns and not what they think should be done.

    Aaron their are many contributors of this blog that have contributed in the past on similar posts, I think their are still many recovering from the injuriies sustained from hitting theirs heads against brick walls many times.

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