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Australia Post’s return to profit an opportunity to invest in the future

Branch Secretary Jim Metcher and Communications Division National Secretary Greg Rayner today welcomed Australia Post’s return to profitability, saying it presented an opportunity to invest in the workforce for sustained success. “Getting the company back into the black following such substantial losses last year is welcome news,” said Mr Rayner. “This result is built on the back of hard work by Australia Post employees who demonstrated commitment to the principles of the Accord signed between the Union and Australia Post late last year to assist with reform implementation. “That role should be recognised as we prepare to engage in bargaining
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Finally: transfer system returns to Retail

Following months of vigorous negotiations, your Union has secured the introduction of a new, fair transfer process to be rolled-out nationally for base-grade Retail PSOs and PDO box sorters. NSW Branch Secretary Jim Metcher, who led calls for the reintroduction of a Retail transfer list that until a few years ago already applied in NSW and the ACT, said Retail’s predominate workforce made up of mothers were being unfairly denied access to a better work/life balance. “We’re talking about not only hundreds of mothers but many fathers also who are held at work locations from being closer to home and
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Post fails to get own house in order before slugging customers

Australia Post has been criticised for their latest money grab – a leaked plan to slog customers with a fee for not picking up undelivered parcels at post offices. CEPU Communications Division National Secretary Greg Rayner said Post was shifting responsibility onto the customer while continuing to penny pinch by contracting out delivery services. “Parcel delivery is a boom business for Post, and should be at the heart of their future growth as a company,” Mr Rayner said. “Post should be building a first class parcel delivery service, but instead of making this part of the business stronger, they are still
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Decipha members lock-in job security and fair pay in EBA

Following long, drawn-out negotiations; Decipha workers have strongly endorsed a new EBA secured by your united national CEPU team that provides members and their families with job security and fair pay. The Fair Work Commission has now approved the Agreement and it will commence on April 7.  What’s in our new EBA? No trade offs All the workplace conditions and entitlements contained in the current EBA are being “rolled-in” to the new Agreement without any trade-offs. A fair pay rise The Agreement provides for a compounding annual pay rise of 3% per annum over the life of the Agreement. Back-pay The first
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Security concerns over passport processing being sold off

The Union representing postal workers has raised serious security concerns over reports, in today’s Daily Telegraph, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is considering selling off Australia Post’s passport application services. The article can be viewed here: You may no longer be able to apply for a passport at Australia Post CEPU Communications Divisional (National) Secretary Greg Rayner said reports today that the department was considering several companies to replace Australia Post’s service were a surprise and could lead to increased security fraud. “Australia Post has been a trusted provider of passport processing for a long time and has
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Australia Post ‘genie in a bottle’ thought bubble not a real plan

The union representing postal workers today put Australia Post on notice that any plans to have posties completing all sort of odd jobs would be met with fierce resistance. Communications Divisional (National) Secretary of the CEPU Greg Rayner said today’s report that Australia Post was planning for posties to do everything from looking after family pets to checking electricity and water meters as well as being a nursing aid for the elderly were an indication that Australia Post had no idea how to diversify its business. “Posties aren’t Australia Post’s genie in a bottle, they’re trained and hired to deliver the
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Warners Bay Post Office Tragedy

It is with regret that I report to members of the tragic incident involving a police shooting and the death of a part time permanent postal service officer, Steven Hodge at Warners Bay Post Office (Newcastle) late yesterday afternoon. Steven was employed by Australia Post for the past 20 years and was aged 51. He was also a member of the Union. Police, Comcare and Australia Post are undertaking separate investigations into the incident that will also be subject to a Coroner’s Inquiry . The senior management group have been co-operating in providing myself with all relevant details that becomes
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Abbott Government’s half-baked plan could kill Australia Post

The Communications Union has today called on the Federal Government to outline a comprehensive plan for the future of Australia Post, which doesn’t involve simply jacking up prices and slowing down services. Changes to Post quietly introduced last week by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull pave the way for a doubling of stamp prices and will see mail take up to a week to arrive at its destination. Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) NSW/ACT Secretary Jim Metcher said a report released today by the McKell institute – Digital Post – highlighted the inadequacy of the Federal Government’s plan for Post.
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Australia Post review in to contracting arrangements can’t leave any stone unturned

The postal workers’ Union has today welcomed news that Australia Post has heeded its call for action and will undertake a complete internal review of its contracting systems, however said it is critical the scope of the investigation is wide enough to ensure no stone is left unturned. The company’s announcement of the internal review comes in the wake of recent revelations that an Australia Post contractor was allegedly running a criminal syndicate and paying as little as $1.10 for delivering a parcel and withholding legal entitlements like sick leave. CEPU NSW Postal & Telecommunications Branch Secretary Jim Metcher said that
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Postal reform and media speculation of 1,900 job cuts

Today’s reports in the media of 1,900 job cuts in Australia Post summons the beginning of a two speed postal service. CEPU NSW Secretary Jim Metcher addressed media today explaining that under these changes the community and postal users will have a stark choice between paying significantly more for obtaining the present level of postal services or being forced to wait for periods up to a week to receive mail items. “With these changes, courier pigeons will provide a speedier and more reliable service than the low ball Australia Post service,” Mr Metcher said. “Today’s announcement leaves workers anxious and
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