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3
Sep

IMPORTANT: NSW COVID-19 restrictions, permits, vaccination requirements, legal advice

The NSW Government has announced strict new measures to mitigate the risk of community and workplace transmission of COVID-19 in NSW – particularly across Local Government Areas (LGAs) of concern. Many of the restrictions will affect members employed across our industries, who cannot work from home. As of today, NSW LGAs of concern include: Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland,

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24
Aug

New restrictions for NSW authorised workers

Strict new restrictions to mitigate against COVID-19 community and workplace transmission across Local Government Areas (LGA) of concern were announced last week by the NSW Government. Many of these restrictions will affect members employed across the postal and telecommunications industries, who cannot work from home. Currently, NSW LGAs of concern include: Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River,

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11
Aug

Union wins paid vaccination leave at Australia Post – governments ignore workers’ vaccine pleas

After initially refusing, Australia Post has today agreed to the Union’s calls for paid leave for members to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination. Members can now arrange to leave work up to two hours early, on paid time, to attend a pre-booked vaccination appointment, or attend a walk-in vaccination clinic. However, the fact remains that most postal and telecommunications workers remain

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9
Aug

EBA10: why you should vote yes

Voting on your new EBA10 at Australia Post is now open. Voting opened on 9 August 2021 and members should now have received their ballot papers. Complete and return your postal vote today. Completed votes must arrive back in Melbourne prior to 5pm on 27 August to be counted – so don’t delay. View a quick overview of what the

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23
Jul

Telstra: Bargaining kicks off, clouded by shadow of imminent job cuts

Despite lockdowns across multiple states, bargaining commenced yesterday for a new Enterprise Agreement with Telstra. Limited mostly to establishing a framework for negotiations including frequency of meetings, Telstra also gave a presentation addressing the following: Commitment on existing conditions Telstra announced from the outset that while bargaining for a new agreement meant that all matters could be negotiated – they

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18
Jul

NSW COVID Restrictions: Information for members at Australia Post (UPDATED)

UPDATE 24 August 2021: Information in this post is no longer current. Members should refer to the following post for the most up to date restrictions that apply to members living in, or working in, NSW local government areas of concern: https://www.cepu.org/2021/08/new-restrictions-for-nsw-authorised-workers/ UPDATE 18 July 2021: NSW Health has updated their precautionary testing requirements for the affected LGAs. Members residing

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15
Jul

Union calls for priority vaccination of essential postal and telecommunications workers

Click here to download a copy of the letter sent to Minister Hunt The union representing the nation’s postal and telecommunications workers, the CEPU, have written to Health Minister Greg Hunt asking for priority access to vaccines for communications workers in Sydney including posties, postal workers and communication field technicians CEPU National Secretary Greg Rayner said, “postal and telecommunications workers

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24
Jun

COVID information – Postal members and NSW restrictions

Members may be aware that the NSW Government has announced a range of COVID restrictions to Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour regions which came into effect at 4pm yesterday, 23 June 2021. These restrictions are made by public health order and therefore compliance is a legal requirement. Some of these restrictions will apply to the

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4
May

Help us stop the postal pandemic

The Senate’s Inquiry into Australia Post continued yesterday, with what is most likely to be the last public hearing before the Committee is due to report on 17 May. Senators questioned representatives of Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Australia Post’s Directors and Chairman and former Chairman John Stanhope. But it was explosive revelations from Christine Holgate’s appearance at the first public

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15
Apr

Media Release: Union calls on Communications Minister Paul Fletcher to rule out break up and privatisation of Post by stealth

The Union representing Australia’s postal workers has called for the Communications Minister to rule out breaking up Australia Post’s parcel and letters business, a move jeopardising jobs and quality of services. While media reports this morning suggest the Minister says Australia Post won’t be sold, the Union is seeking assurance he won’t begin the privatisation process by stealth by separating

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