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EBA9: Negotiations to commence next week

Following a summit held recently between Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour and your CEPU leadership team, negotiations for a new EBA9 to replace the current EBA8 is scheduled to commence from Tuesday next week. The Bargaining Process Your Union maintains that the best possible outcome for members is to secure a back-to-back Agreement without any gaps between the nominal expiry of EBA8 (December 31 2016) and the commencement of any EBA9 to replace it. Although this is the outcome we are working towards, if such a situation did not occur then terms and conditions of EBA8 would continue to apply
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EBA9: Member survey – what you said

Your EBA9 member survey has closed following a record return rate. Your Union would like to thank all members who participated in this important process – assisting us in advancing the issues members feel most strongly about in upcoming talks. The survey results started to develop an interesting, trend very early on. And with 86% of respondents sharing some concern with the possibility of privatisation with an equal 86% also sharing some fear for their job security due to letter decline, members are worried. Some of the strong feedback received in the comments section was sobering. Members conveyed feelings of betrayal,
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Union express safety concern for Australia Post workers and community over Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall

The Union representing postal workers is seeking urgent clarification from Australia Post on what steps, if any, the company has taken to protect the safety of postal workers and the community while facilitating returns under the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and Note 7 Edge recall process. CEPU Communications Division National Secretary Greg Rayner said he feared the safety of postal workers and the general public was being jeopardised due to the risk of these phones exploding or bursting into flames while progressing through the various stages within the postal system. “If these exploding phones are not safe enough to be carried
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Union calls on CEO to apologise to over 50s

Your Union is today calling on Chief Executive Ahmed Fahour to apologise to his workers aged 50 and over for his comments insinuating that they are more interested in retirement than learning new skills. CEPU NSW/ACT Secretary Jim Metcher said the comments were inappropriate and an apology was needed as soon as possible. “This is alarming and affects hundreds of workers. 45 per cent of Australia Post’s employees are above the age of 50 and it is disappointing to see this national company speaking about older workers like this. “At a time when there is a need to respect and understand
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EBA9: It’s getting hot in here

Boy oh boy, it’s certainly been a hot 19 hour media cycle for Australia Post’s media advisers. Starting with a Friday afternoon special on privatisation speculation: http://tinyurl.com/z22c3bb And it seems to have landed with a poor media adviser waking up this morning, excited to see a story they pitched about Post’s new e-vehicle trial in the newspaper and probably choking on their morning coffee after realising the Herald Sun led the story with a hatchet job on potential executive bonuses following this year’s profit announcement: http://tinyurl.com/jprvlez In all seriousness though, members would rightfully be out of their tree at the
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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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