Read below to find out more about the bargaining process and complete our bargaining claim survey here.
What is bargaining all about?
- Every three years your Enterprise Agreement, the enforceable document that’s sets out your rights, conditions and pay, comes up for renegotiation. You may have spoken to us already in your workplace at a lunchtime meeting.
- Bargaining is when your union representatives sit down at a table with Australia Post management to re-negotiate your pay and conditions for the next 3 years.
- It’s your chance to tell your employer what conditions are important to you and what we need to improve.
- In negotiations your CPSU bargaining team is guided by our Log of Claims (a list of what members want).
- All Aus Post staff members covered by the EA get vote to approve or reject the final document.
To have your say on your pay and conditions at work by filling in our bargaining survey.
A bit of background to Enterprise Bargaining
Last year CPSU took Aus Post to the Fair Work Commission as Aus Post refused to bargain. CPSU members then voted to accept a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) instead of enterprise bargaining. This MoU (contract/deal) resulted in a new WFH Policy negotiation, Customer Service Classification Review, reduced Christmas Shutdown and new Customer Service Rewards and Recognition and Learning and Development Programs.
Why is being in the CPSU important to bargaining?
- Union members will be represented at the bargaining table by a combination of professional CPSU negotiators and rank and file delegates/honorary officials.
- Union delegates and members get a say in what the union does during bargaining. Members set our agenda and direct the bargaining team at the negotiating table.
- Ask a colleague to join your union and help us protect and advance the pay and conditions you rely on.
What are the stages of bargaining?
- CPSU surveys members including seeking views on what a fair pay rise would be.
- CPSU bargaining team which includes member representatives develops Log of Claims from survey responses.
- Bargaining continues until Australia Post issues a draft for staff to vote on.
- Staff vote yes or no. If yes, the agreement moves to Fair Work for certification. If no, we return to the bargaining table for further negotiations.
Here’s three things you can do to help your team prepare:
- Complete the CPSU Bargaining Claim Survey. We know you appreciate the value of surveys and the integrity of the data they collect, so please add your voice by completing the Bargaining Claim survey.
- Let us know if you have questions or concerns about the bargaining process.
- Ask a colleague to join your union and help us protect and advance the pay, conditions and rights you rely on.