The posties union says one in four posties could lose their jobs as Australia Post winds back postal services.
The CEPU Communications Union is calling on the government to disallow the regulatory changes, which were introduced in response to COVID-19.
The changes, announced in April, ushered in cuts to the metropolitian postal service, “relaxed” delivery standards moves to retraining posties to work in other areas.
CEPU National President Shane Murphy says if the changes remain in place for the long term they will “drastically” reduce postal delivery services across the country.
He says it will result on 25 per cent of postie jobs being axed, job losses among other postal workers and cuts of up to 30 per cent of take home pay for remaining workers.
Postal workers and union have been briefed by managers about the changes, Mr Murphy says.
He says they have been told the current system where four postie runs are staffed by one postie each will be changed so two posties will take two runs each, and a third will do a parcel-only run.
The fourth position will be lost, the union says.
“Australia Post is attempting to use COVID-19 as cover to make drastic cuts to jobs and postal services across the country,” Mr Murphy said.
“If these regulatory changes are not disallowed by the Federal Parliament, they will have a devastating impact on the service Australia Post provides to our community and on thousands of jobs – smack bang in the middle of a recession and an unemployment crisis.”
No forced redundancies
In a statement on June 8 Australia Post said the changes are intended to allow posties to be redeployed to areas where they are needed most.
It was says no postie directly impacted by the changes will be forced out of a job and that there are no plans to cut take home pay.
Regional and rural services would not be affected, it said.
The statement didn’t rule out voluntary redundancies.
“Any changes to our employee working arrangements will be made in accordance with existing obligations, including enterprise agreements and we are committed to continue to consult closely with employee representatives on proposed changes,” Australia Post said.
Mr Murphy accused the government of using the coronavirus crisis as an excuse to slash services and axe jobs in the postal service.
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