Collective bargaining by newsagents is in the interest of consumers, the ACCC believes.

I blogged before how unfair it was by the ACCC not to allow newsagents to collective bargain with their suppliers. The monopoly is long gone and newsagents are disadvantaged in not being able to collectively bargain when faced by such big competitors.

Well today newsagents got some good news. The Queensland Newsagents Federation has won the right for state newsagency association in NSW and the ACT, and the Victorian Association for Newsagents to engage in collective negotiations on behalf of members, with certain major publishers and distributors of newspapers and magazines. That was a good job by the Queensland Newsagents Federation.

This decision is well overdue.

The first issue, I hope they look at is the delivery fees. They are ridiculously too low.