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Member update: Post’s proposed payroll changes

NSW/ACT Branch Executive endorses members’opposition to Australia Post pay system changes CEPU State Secretaries call for meeting directly with CEO over botched pay proposal We recently wrote to inform you on Post’s proposed changes to the way you are paid and what the consequences of those changes would mean for members. Following an overwhelming response from members in strenuous opposition to these changes, CEPU NSW/ACT Secretary Jim Metcher reported on the changes to the Branch Committee of Management (BCOM) where the following unanimous decision was taken by the Union’s executive; AUSTRALIA POST – CONTEMPLATED PAYROLL CHANGES “BCOM NOTES THE REPORT
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CEPU says services before profits – Post confirms NO to three day a week posties

The driver of reform in Australia Post should be accessible, affordable and reliable postal services for the community rather than generating additional profits to Australia Post or increased dividends to government, the Union representing postal workers said today. CEPU Postal Union NSW Secretary Jim Metcher said cutting mail delivery frequency to three days a week might save money but would undermine public confidence in Australia Post’s service. Following representations made at senior levels by Mr Metcher, Australia Post has, despite inaccurate media reporting, confirmed the following clear message to their employees;  “Our posties will still do their rounds every day but the sender can choose a price point
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Australia Post must come clean on plans for jobs, services

Australia Post should reveal the full scope of its plans for reforming postal services to its workforce and the community, the postal workers union said today. “It’s time for Australia Post to share its vision about the future of our mail services,” said CEPU NSW Postal and Telecommunications secretary Jim Metcher. “Changing service models have widespread implications for staffing and work practices as well the customers and businesses that rely on postal services every day. “Instead of fuelling anxiety and uncertainty, it’s time to come clean,” he said. Mr Metcher called on Australia Post to explain: how it plans to
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Management confirms: Self Service Terminals not to be used to threaten or reduce counter positions and overall staff

Disturbing reports have been received from Retail members detailing the alleged threatening of post office staff by senior managers with the reduction in counter positions and overall staffing where maximum usage of self-service terminals (SST) is not evident for type of low-value customer transactions being processed. The allegations, which at this stage seem isolated in certain areas, involve management threatening staff that should they not be directing a minimum number of low-revenue customer transactions away from their regular counters to be processed at the SSTs instead that their office would be penalised to the extent of the loss of a
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Common Counter Dispute Update

Your Union wrote to you very early this year to communicate  an agreement between the CEPU and Australia Post to resolve the dispute surrounding the reintroduction of common counter arrangements in retail. The terms of the agreement reached in January is reproduced here for the benefit of members: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Permanent arrangements Trainee employees to be excluded from common counter arrangements until the end of their probationary employment term Casual employees based in metropolitan areas will be excluded from common counter Transitional arrangements The CEPU will be advised prior to the Employee Counselling and Disciplinary Process being initiated against an employee
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Retail Common Counter Dispute Update

Your Union wrote to each retail member in NSW and the ACT late last year following a flurry of complaints from members employed in retail concerned for the job security following Australia Post’s announced return to a common counter arrangement in retail. The Union has since met with Australia Post on a number of occasions regarding the matter and is happy to report to members the following outcomes of those discussions in an effort to resolve this matter; Permanent arrangements Trainee employees will be excluded from common counter arrangements until the end of their probationary employment term Casual employees based
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LPO Employees – Check your pay

The Australian Unions’ campaign for a wage increase for minimum wage and Award workers has again been successful this year. The new pay setting body established by the Federal Labor Government – Fair Work Australia (FWA) has delivered its third consecutive wage increase decision since its establishment in July 2009. Under Labor’s wage setting laws, the Panel considers not only the economic criteria, like inflation and productivity, but also important issues like social inclusion, relative living standards and the needs of the low paid. This is in stark contrast to the former Coalition Government’s WorkChoices pay setting body which saw
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Australia Post told to get act together with fixing payroll irregularities or face litigation

THE LEVEL OF OVERPAYMENT AND UNDERPAYMENTS ARE ALARMING – SAYS NSW UNION The issue of Australia Post payroll irregularities is at a serious level and has surfaced again across the nation. The NSW Branch of your union has recently intervened in this matter with Australia Post at the National Level and has resulted in discussions occurring between the NSW Branch Secretary Jim Metcher and National Management Representatives of Australia Post representing Employee Relations, Human Resources, and the Shared Services Division. NSW Branch Secretary Jim Metcher said: “the discussions held recently with Australia Post in an attempt to secure a resolution
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Australia Post holding back employee locker policy rollout until further notice

Following intervention of your NSW Branch of the union with Australia Post at the National level over their employee locker policy decision – Australia Post has now confirmed ceasing the rollout of the locker policy until further notice. NSW Branch Secretary Jim Metcher has issued the following statement to Australia Post this morning: We are pleased that you have finally confirmed Australia Post’s decision with ceasing the rollout of this policy. Whilst we acknowledge the right of the Corporation to introduce sensible policy, it is also a right for CEPU members who are Post employees to be treated with the
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‘Bombs in Lockers': Royal Commission needed into ammo storage in Australia Post staff lockers

The CEPU is calling on Australia Post to release figures on the number of bombs and guns found in employees’ lockers – after workers were forced to sign a form promising not to bring them to work. Australia Post’s newly enforced policy requires workers to declare they are not harbouring deadly weapons in their lockers. CEPU NSW Secretary Jim Metcher said if Australia Post feared an epidemic of illegal weapons and drugs in its workplace lockers, it should come clean on its reasons. “Has Australia Post ever found a bomb in the locker of an employee?” queried Mr Metcher. “Why
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