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Consultation continues on alternate modes of delivery

Members have expressed concern relating to information recently shared by Australia Post in relation to the direction the company is taking in terms of modes of delivery. Firstly, it is important to understand that the consultative process around alternate modes of delivery is in its infancy at the Last Mile Consultative Forum —a forum consisting not only of management representatives, but Union officials from across the country, many of whom with extensive delivery backgrounds. Some basic principles have been discussed and are as follows: Nobody will be forced to use an EAMB or Eevee. The criteria and agreed guidelines for
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Members urged to seek urgent financial advice RE: AMP super

Since Australia Post closed the APSS to new employees in 2013, new starters who do not nominate a Superannuation fund choice are automatically enrolled in a default fund managed by AMP. A deeply disturbing two days at the Banking Royal Commission has revealed AMP had misled the Australian Securities and Investment Commission on 20 occasions, interfered in the drafting of an independent expert report and charged customers fees for services they did not receive. The revelations give rise for concern for the performance of our members’ retirement nest eggs they may have invested in the AMP default fund. Your Union,
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Post seeking drug and alcohol testing across workforce

Random workplace drug and alcohol testing was introduced across Australia Post’s heavy vehicle workforce in 2015 to comply with new national road safety legislative and regulatory requirements. However, as part of a corporate safety review, Post have flagged their desire to review and expand the policy across the rest of the workforce. Consideration is in its very early days and the consultation process is yet to commence. We are not fundamentally opposed to any genuine approach to improving workplace health and safety and, as such, have indicated our willingness to participate in the consultation process to ensure you have a voice in the
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Identity security of 1.9 million guaranteed as Australia Post continues to provide passport services

In some good news for the Australian public, and our Retail members, Australia Post has confirmed it will continue to be the provider of passport services on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for at least the next three years. The new agreement, which commences on 1 July 2018, will see Australia Post continue to provide the service until at least 2021, with an option for DFAT to extend that agreement by a further three years. Reports in mid 2016 of the Federal Government’s decision to consider other companies to provide this crucial service were met
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Union congratulates workers on Australia Post profit announcement

Your Union welcomed today’s Australia Post profit announcement. CEPU Communications Division National Secretary Greg Rayner said the almost tripling of the national postal carrier’s profit demonstrated successful transformation to profitability can occur without massive job cuts. “The Accord signed between the Union and Australia Post allowed the company to embark on a journey of significant transformation, while ensuring the job security of employees affected by that reform,” said Mr Rayner. “The terms of that agreement have ensured that not a single Award level employee affected by reform has involuntarily lost their job as a result – in stark contrast to
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Union seeks protections for postal workers on marriage survey

Your Union has called on Australia Post to clarify postal members’ rights and responsibilities during the upcoming same sex marriage postal survey. CEPU Communications Division National Secretary Greg Rayner has written to Australia Post seeking discussions around concerns associated with the delivery of ‘unaddressed mail’ as part of the process. As the Union representing postal workers, the CEPU will not advocate any opinion on the substantive issue of the postal survey. We believe this is a sensible, appropriate and necessary step to ensure CEPU members employed by Australia Post aren’t compromised in their role in upholding the integrity of the
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Fair Work Commission approves EBA9

Late yesterday afternoon the Fair Work Commission advised your Union that EBA9 has been approved and will officially come into effect on 9 August. Once again, thank you to all local AURs and members in workplaces across NSW and the ACT who were vocal in their demands for nothing less than a new EBA9 that protects our existing hard-won conditions, prevents members impacted by reform from forced redundancies and continues to maximise quality and meaningful sustainable full-time jobs. With your active involvement and steadfast support, we are incredibly proud to have achieved all this and much more – despite the
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Posties’ Union reminder to keep your pooches and your posties safe

The Union representing posties across the country is urging residents to do more to protect both their dogs and their local Australia Post worker, with almost 1 dog attack a day on posties across the nation. National Secretary of the CEPU Communications Union, Greg Rayner, urges: “With 241 dog attacks on Australia Post workers in 2016, the threat to local posties’ safety is still significant and must continue to be reduced. “While Australia Post provides training for workers to educate them on canine behaviour, we need the community’s help too. “Nationally, the rates of attacks have declined since Australia Post
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Asbestos evacuation at Post site

CEPU member action required – read below CEPU members working at Glebe PO Box facility have just been removed from their workplace and relocated for a second time in just over a week due to intervention from your Union following the discovery of Asbestos contamination. Without notice to Australia Post, the private owners of the facility which is attached to the site of the former Glebe Post Office, recently undertook construction work outside of hours to the Asbestos containing ceiling of the facility. Employees were relocated from the workplace for a remediation and testing process to take place and were
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Overwhelming support for EBA9

Members vote to lock in certainty and security Despite the Abbott/Turnbull Government’s unfair Workplace Bargaining Policy, a strong and coordinated CEPU campaign delivered an EBA9 that locks in all existing hard-fought conditions, continues to maximise meaningful, full-time jobs, prevents members impacted by reform from being involuntarily retrenched and equips members for the jobs of the future. And the strong endorsement for EBA9 right across the country demonstrates just how important that security and certainty is to CEPU members as they prepare to confront further change and industry disruption. The ballot was counted today resulting in the following state-by-state breakdown: New South Wales 91%
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