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Victorian print tender raises a ruckus

Thursday, 16 August 2007
By Print 21 Online Article

A series of meetings is supposed to be underway between Stream Solutions and Printing Industries over the terms of payment being offered printers doing Government work. According to sources close to the matter, the sticking point is the doubling of the time for payments from 30 days to 60 days, which are Stream Solutions normal trading terms. Government policy under the old regime was to pay accounts by 30 days at the latest.

The change has come about because of the awarding of the print contract for the whole of the Victorian Government to Stream. Printers are now being asked to submit their details and agree to the new terms of trading in order to become registered with the print management company.

Sources maintain that printers who do not agree will not be assessed for inclusion on the list of nominated suppliers. These companies, many of whom have done work for the Government in the past, will not be allowed to tender for future work.

The whole fracas is cloaked in rumour with printers complaining but not willing to be identified for fear they will be singled out. Ron Patterson, state manager Printing Industries would not be drawn on the subject other than to confirm there were discussions taking place between the parties.

Much of the printers’ anger is directed towards the State Government for abandoning it long-term payments policy under the new print tender. Printers maintain the industry is unduly bearing the brunt of outsourcing costs.

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