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Box sorters are not second-class workers

During a recent Union workplace visit, a NSW box-sorter was discovered to be employed less than the three hours per day minimum engagement provided for in EBA8.  Box-sorters are not second-class and shouldn’t be treated as such — they’re entitled to the same EBA conditions of employment as every other Award level employee. State level discussions occurred with Branch Secretary Jim Metcher and management resulting in a review of every network across NSW and the ACT. The first network review was finalised in August and reported back to the first of many meetings with management where it was identified that a
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Management manipulation of Retail transfer list: “they just can’t help themselves” says PSO

Retail members across the country are ropeable at management’s continued manipulation of the terms of the new transfer process. One Victorian PSO, who asked for their identity to be withheld for fear of reprisals, said it was nothing but sour grapes. “For years we’ve been subjected to management favouritism when filling vacancies in Post Offices. “How is it that I can be good enough to work in a post office on one side of Melbourne, but not in one on the other side? “For me, it means around $30 per week difference in my traveling costs and up to two
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Parcel prices set to increase yet again, drawing public anger and criticism

Australia Post is preparing to further increase the cost of parcels at a time when they’re openly attacking the pay and conditions of the workers processing those parcels. National Secretary Greg Rayner said the public have just about had it with the chaos caused by management’s failures to address simple issues associated with one of the biggest automation investments they’ve ever made in the Parcels business. He said he sympathised with the public’s outrage. “It’s just a tough pill to swallow. “With one hand, they’re slapping the public across their left cheek in dishing out a lousy service due to
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Post’s greedy attack on take-home pay and fifth-week leave for shift workers

Members have had their take-home pay and fifth week leave entitlement unilaterally reduced in an unprecedented and purely greed-driven attack by management at Sydney Parcel Facility (SPF). Despite warnings from Officials and members about the limitations associated with their new multi-million-dollar automation investment, management’s own failings to address the issues associated with its implementation at SPF, Australia’s largest parcel facility, resulted in a series of significant delays and missorts followed by an absolute savaging of Australia Post in the media and by the public earlier this year. NSW Branch Secretary Jim Metcher said members worked constructively with management to assist
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Abuse of employment arrangements: It’s just not on

It’s important that members understand that there are very specific circumstances around when Australia Post can actually invoke the use of traditionally insecure employment arrangements such as casual and fixed-term contracts. The Union assists members unclear about their employment arrangements almost daily, but a recent case in Queensland stood out as clear abuse of the provisions afforded to employees under EBA8. The mail officer was initially employed casually from 2012 to 2014, then subsequently employed on five sequential fixed-term contracts until August 2016. It was in early September, when presented with a new casual employment contract, that she decided to
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EBA9: Authorised Holiday under attack – what you said

Last week we informed you about Australia Post’s latest attempted attack on your Authorised Holiday (Union Picnic Day), a plan we had to ask them to repeat out of disbelief that they’d even try this on again. We were overwhelmed by the thousands of members across the country who have contacted us in vocal opposition to this ludicrous proposal. We’d love to publish absolutely every one of them (trust us – we really would!), but here are just a few of our favourites:   “I think it’s ****** how Australia Post management continually come up with new ways to undermine
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EBA9: Authorised Holiday under attack… Again!

Just over three years ago to the day, during EBA8 negotiations, Australia Post laid out its proposal to remove the Authorised Holiday (Union Picnic Day) and afford employees with an additional ARL day instead. The proposal didn’t go very far. Members reacted immediately and with incredible volume to this ridiculous proposal and suffice to say, your Union formally opposed the proposal resulting in an EBA8 that protected the Authorised Holiday without any change. Now, it’s not déjà vu, it’s not another Back to the Future sequel and we promise you it’s not a joke — they’ve seriously just tried it
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Union EBA9 campaign kicks off

EBA9 campaign survey packs are in the mail Over the next week members will receive a campaign survey pack in the mail containing an EBA9 Union member survey with a reply paid envelope to return it to your state Branch. As your Union commences its campaign to deliver a new EBA9, it’s critical to understand the issues that are most important to you. Please complete the survey and return it by Friday, 16 September. If you prefer, you can complete the member survey online on your special EBA9 website right now by clicking here. Campaign website up and running — www.eba9.com.au At
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Honda NBC110 stalling issues — your safety may be at risk

Members across the country are reporting their Honda NBC110 motorcycles stalling unexpectedly. The matter seems to be sporadic so far without any clear patterns of occurrence. Australia Post has issued directions to its service providers to undertake a diagnostic exercise during the regular service schedule based on guidelines issued earlier this year by Honda. An extensive risk assessment has also been referred to Comcare and consultation around this will continue to occur with your Union. However, given the matter is not yet resolved and the NBC110 being subject to a safety recall in back in 2013 for a stalling issue
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Retail security concerns

Following a string of hold-ups and robberies in our post offices, the NSW Branch has led an offensive against Australia Post in relation to its security procedures in Retail. One particular Canberra-based outlet had been subjected to two armed hold ups in as many weeks, lead to NSW Branch Secretary Jim Metcher requiring full-time security personnel to be posted at the outlet until a thorough security review at the office is finalised. Your Union is continuing discussions with Australia Post at the highest level in to security arrangements at post offices across the country.
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