“Indoor Planner” – Back To The Future

Management have decided to progressively roll out their new “Indoor Planner” tool across delivery facilities in the coming weeks.

We see the Indoor Planner as nothing more than a return to what was a flawed system used against members in the past.  Members have long memories and would no-doubt remember the NEVER agreed to sort rates and miscellaneous times that formed individual assessments of posties prior to the introduction of the NDMT.

Australia Post say they have developed this program in response to results from the Say To Action survey – which they claim indicated a desire for action to be taken against ‘underachievers’ and that posties ‘wanted’ to know their actual time out every day.

We call BS on both of those management “excuses”.

When consultation with your Union began, Australia Post tabled a scan and sort rate of 6-8 small packets and parcels per minute – the CEPU called BS on this, too.

We engaged in consultation in order to gather information that would support altering their decision on this matter. As part of this process, we conducted our own physical assessment over a period of two weeks with our members undertaking a real time analysis on the time it takes to count, scan and prepare parcels and packets for delivery.

At the end of the real time trial, the CEPU and Australia Post met to discuss the outcome of the trial. At this meeting your Union tabled our data which demonstrated an average of around 2.6 articles per minute could be achieved – under optimal circumstances. However, during these discussions, it became clear that Australia Post’s position had come back from 6-8 per minute, with the intention of implementing a rate of 3.5 articles per minute with a 5 minute buffer that gives a range from 3 articles per minute.

In all the physical surveys we conducted with the assistance of our local reps, the average sort rate achieved was never 3 -3.5 articles per minute therefore this sort rate IS NOT AN AGREED SORT RATE.

As was the case with the former system, the Union is once again advising members not to engage with management alone over any discrepancies with your “indoor” times.

The CEPU argued for, and obtained, agreement that daily assessments will not be posted or provided to individual PDOs unless requested by an individual postie.

Management intend to introduce a “supportive discussion” process prior to reaching the disciplinary level should their unrealistic times not be met. Members should take their AUR to every single management-initiated “discussion” regarding any assessments.

Should members find themselves subjected to the disciplinary process, they should contact their Branch Official immediately for assistance. We will fight each and every attempt by management to introduce disciplinary action against members who are not able to meet management’s unrealistic and unachievable rates – just as the case was under the former system.

Should you require any further information, or if you have any concerns over the calculation of your bonus, please contact Branch Assistant Secretary Peter Chaloner or Branch Officials Cade Anderson, Gil Enzon, Elly Huttly, Phil Kessey, TK Ly, Peter O’Connell, James Perkins, Dharmpal Singh or Dennis Williams on (02) 9893 7822 for assistance.

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