Union Breaks Promise To Public And Begins Christmas Strike

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15th December 2009, 05:06pm - Views: 876
Union Breaks Promise to Public and Begins Christmas Strike

Despite numerous promises to the public of no impact to mail this Christmas, the CEPU have informed Australia Post that strike action will begin on Wednesday.

"All last week we had the union tell the public that any industrial action would have no impact on Christmas mail. Now they have broken that promise," said Australia Post spokesperson Alex Twomey.

Australia Post is confident any disruptions will be minimal and will be working round the clock to get Christmas cards and presents through.

"Two-thirds of our staff don't support this industrial action and will still be working," said Mr Twomey.

"It's very disappointing the union have broken their promise to the public. This is the time of year when kids write to Santa, there are presents in the mail and 70 million Christmas cards going through the system."

Last week national union secretary Ed Husic said, "Our big aim is to ensure minimal disruption to the delivery of mail leading into Christmas."

This was supported by NSW state secretary Jim Metcher who said, "the many postal workers out there as part of this campaign are not about to disrupt the postal services leading into Christmas when the many families within the country rely on the postal service" said Mr Twomey.

"The public has a right to be angry that the union have called a Christmas strike when they already have an offer which includes a four percent pay increase, 14 weeks paid maternity leave, an agreement of no forced redundancies and locks in existing entitlements."

Australia Post has been negotiating in good faith on a generous EBA which delivers job security and wage increases. At the same time the union have twice been found by Fair Work Australia to not be genuinely trying to reach agreement with Australia Post.

Australia Post has informed the union our negotiation team is happy to meet with them at any time.

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For further information, please contact:
Alex Twomey
03 9204 5362

Australia Post is the oldest continually operating organisation in Australia. Every day Australia Post delivers 20 million items to 10.7 million addresses across Australia. With 4,433 outlets across the nation we are the largest retail network in Australia with 2,541 of these outlets in rural and remote areas. We are a self-funding business and receive no taxpayer funding.


SOURCE: Australia Post

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