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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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CEO commits to no forced redundancies as postal reform talks commence: Union says commitments don’t go far enough

  Earlier this month NSW State Secretary Jim Metcher held separate talks with Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Labor’s Shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare accompanied Mr Metcher during these talks to ensure the Australia Post workforce had a voice in any contemplated reforms, subsequently announced by the Government. An agreed outcome of the meeting held between Mr Metcher and Minister Turnbull, was for a consultative framework with all key stakeholders to be undertaken to allow open and frank talks to occur initially between Australia Post and the relevant Unions. These talks commenced on Wednesday involving senior
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Consumers, community and workers must not be left behind in Australia Post’s two-speed plan: Union

The postal workers’ Union recognises the need for sensible reform to the reserved letter service. However, it will not support reforms that contribute to postal workers facing compulsory retrenchment as a consequence of the community no longer having access to an affordable and reliable mail or post office service. This is particularly concerning to vulnerable regional and rural areas of the nation. CEPU NSW Secretary Jim Metcher said; “a change to a two-speed mail service comes with risks and must be carefully assessed in terms of revenue projections and impact to community services and jobs before any change to the reserved
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Fight for our rights – March 4 nationwide protest

Our rights at work are again under attack from the Abbott Government and employer groups It has become even clearer that the full-scale Productivity Commission inquiry into our rights at work could deliver cuts to penalty rates, the abolition of the minimum wage, bring back unfair individual contracts and swing even more power to the employers. The time to stand up and fight back is now. Join together with thousands of our neighbours, workmates, friends and families by taking part in a nationwide protest on Wednesday 4 March. Workers can’t stand idle while the Abbott Federal Government destroys our living
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Disappointing Australia Post profit results no excuse to throw the baby out with the bath water

Today’s Australia Post profit results are no reflection on the hard working staff of Australia Post, according to the Communications Electrical Plumbing Union. “Australia Post workers are more focused and productive than ever,” said NSW Branch Secretary Jim Metcher. “No one is more invested in the long-term financial viability of Australia Post than its thousands of hard working staff. “Obviously we support any sensible reforms, but those changes need to be the product of wide and detailed consultations with all of the stakeholders. “Today’s results, while disappointing shouldn’t be used to justify the massive, and potentially damaging changes that some
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Trusted Postal Service and Jobs must not be a casualty of vital moves to make Australia Post more sustainable

The Union representing the largest group of Australia Post workers says a modest increase in postage must be seriously considered if it will help protect the sustainability of the postal service and jobs. CEPU NSW Secretary Jim Metcher said the benefits Australia Post provides to the wider community were far reaching, especially the job opportunities and diversity of services within rural and regional areas across the nation. “The way Australians communicate is undergoing a revolution and Australia Post must adjust and innovate its business model to keep up with change,” Mr Metcher said today. “However, the best way for Post to improve its efficiency and protect sustainability is to also do the right thing
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Union welcomes Australia Post investment towards sustainability of regional post office network

The union representing postal workers has welcomed the announcement today that new point of sale technology will be installed in more than 300 rural and regional post offices. CEPU Postal and Telecommunications NSW Branch Secretary Jim Metcher said he hoped the move announced by Australia Post today will provide for the viability of its regional network of post offices. “Rural and regional communities and small business rely heavily on the diverse range of services delivered by Australia Post,” Mr Metcher said today. “Australia Post workers applaud the investment in improving the efficiency and sustainability for the present number of post office outlets located throughout regional and rural areas. “Australia Post is
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Australia Post can afford to give postal workers a fair go

The $116.2 million profit reported today shows Australia Post can afford to continue providing secure jobs for workers and quality, reliable mail services to Australian communities, according to the union representing postal workers. CEPU NSW Postal and Telecommunications Branch Secretary Jim Metcher said the small after-tax profit announced in Australia Post’s annual report shows important reforms can be made, without resorting to cuts in job numbers, post offices or universal and affordable postal services overall. “Today’s profit announcement shows present decline in letter volumes and associated costs can be offset by the performance and returns with parcel volumes and retail revenues,” Mr Metcher said today. “Post employees are stepping up to the task of
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