Archives for Compensation / Medical

Roll back of SBD to commence nationally

The following represents the present position on the SBD Dispute given the further talks between your CEPU representatives and Australia Post senior management on Friday, 4 November 2011. These talks focused on the information gathered from the three Working Groups covering: 1. Front Letter Carrier (FLC) 2. Safety 3. SBD/Single Bundle Delivery comparison time trials/audits. Present Criterion at this stage for Initial SBD Rollback Australia Post has agreed for the process to commence for existing SBD rounds to convert back to single bundle delivery.  The agreed criterion for SBD rounds to be converted back to single bundle delivery is where
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New policy on compressed air tools following injury of post technicians

Australia Post has developed a policy on the use of compressed air for cleaning of equipment.  The new policy stems from CEPUrepresentations to Australia Post on this matter following two serious accidents in which two Post technicians were struck on the head with a compressed air gun in separate incidents. While action is definitely required to eliminate the risk of any further injuries Australia Post’s failure to consult those with expert or specialist advice including the injured employees on the development of the new policy has resulted in faulty policy with the air hose still able to whip around and hit an employee
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Media Release: CEPU welcomes Senate report into Australia Post injury management practices

The CEPU today welcomed the findings of a special Senate Inquiry into the corporation’s medical practices. The Inquiry was undertaken by the Senate Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee and its report was tabled in the Senate last night by Committee Chair Senator Mary Jo Fisher (SA). “This Senate Inquiry has made recommendations that provide for the better overall management of Australia Post injured workers,” said NSW Branch Secretary Jim Metcher. “The Union has been campaigning for years to end Australia Post’s poor treatment of sick and injured workers via company paid doctors. “We also thought it was terrible
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CEPU calls on Senate to stop FND abuse

The CEPU appeared before a special Senate Inquiry in Melbourne today, calling for an end to the way Australia Post uses company doctors.The Senate set up this Inquiry in October last year. Today’s hearing comes after the initial reporting timetable was put back a bit.  The Senate is expected to receive a report on this issue in March. Federal and State CEPU Officials along with our members and legal representatives addressed the committee on why there must be an end to the way that Post forces employees to compromise themselves by visiting company doctors. You can download the CEPU’s opening
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Putting spotlight on Post’s sick policies

The CEPU has welcomed today’s move by Senators Steve Fielding (Family First) and Dana Wortley (ALP) to set up a special Senate inquiry to investigate concerns that Australia Post has been forcing its injured staff back to work well before they have recovered from workplace injuries. “This is a tremendous move, which will help put a massive spotlight on unsafe work practices at Australia Post,” said CEPU National President Ed Husic. “The CEPU has been pushing for an end to these unsafe systems of work since 2006 – but the establishment of this Inquiry by Senators Steve Fielding and Dana
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Facility nominated doctors: a sick practice

During EBA talks, the CEPU continually called on Australia Post to drop their practice of using Facility Nominated Doctors. FND’s, paid for and controlled by Australia Post management, are used to get injured workers back on the job before they are ready.  This then allows management to manipulate Lost Time Injury figures and access large executive bonuses, at the expense of workers’ health and safety. We’ve heard horror stories of members being directed back to work by FND’s, with broken bones and unhealed injuries: ·  In Queensland a mail officer saw an FND about pains in her leg, she was
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ALP National Conference answers CEPU calls for Federal Government inquiry into cash for compo scam

Labor National Conference delegates Jim Metcher and Susan Sheather from within the CEPU have received support from Federal Labor’s supreme governing body, the ‘National ALP Conference’, and Minister Conroy for a Federal Government Inquiry into Australia Post’s treatment of its sick and injured employees. Following negotiations between the Federal Government and the CEPU the National ALP Conference voted on a resolution agreeing to the inquiry.  The Conference noted with concern the way Post workers are being treated.  The full resolution is listed below;    45th Australian Labor Party National Conference.   31 July 2009 Resolution 101R—Chapter 11 Mover: Jim Metcher—Seconder: Susan
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FND woes continue

Australia Post Management’s cash bonus grab must really be at severe risk this year A CEPU member in Sydney has been granted Compensation leave and received significant reimbursement of payments following CEPU intervention in her matter.  The member was treated by an FND and put through the FND process.  After several weeks of treatment, Post eventually found that she was fit for work and denied her compensation.  In an about face, a week later, they found that she was unfit for work and directed her on sick leave!  After a standoff for several weeks, the Union intervened and got the member
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Cash for Compo goes public: victims meet Communications minister

Victims of Australia Post’s ‘Cash for Compo’ policy that rewards executives who slash workers’ compensation entitlements, traveled to Canberra today with their Union to tell the Federal Government an urgent inquiry into Australia Post is needed. They said the campaign was needed as Australia Post executives continue pocketing bonuses for cutting workers compensation entitlements. The lucrative bonuses had led to a culture where managers denied injured workers their due entitlements by any means necessary. The Union has received a flood of reports from Australia Post employees who have been: Sent back to company-paid doctors after a serious workplace injury only
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