On Tuesday your CEO sent an all-staff email announcing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as an alternative to bargaining for your new Enterprise Agreement. This email came only days after Australia Post formally opened the commencement of bargaining by issuing a formal notice of employee representational rights (NERR) which is the first formal step in bargaining.
It is important for all Australia Post workers to know that our union has NOT agreed to this MOU – for the following reasons:
- The MOU would not allow for any pay rises for the majority of Australia Post staff – instead offering only the 1% ‘Thank You’ bonus for all staff – while granting a 15% increase in pay to PDOs only
- The all staff email claimed that a Government Bargaining Policy enforces a 12 month pay freeze, however Australia Post is not subject to the Public Service pay freeze (which is actually 6 months not 12) as shown by the MOU commitments to pay increases for PDOs!
- The MOU would not protect the majority of staff from any negative impacts from the reduction in community service obligations – it only commits to protecting directly impacted operational staff, ignoring indirect impacts on other areas of the business
- The terms of the MOU would disadvantage the office-based staff of the workforce while granting pay rises to PDOs contingent on delaying your replacement agreement for another year.
- Australia Post have formally commenced bargaining by issuing the NERR, and have not even tried to negotiate an MOU with CPSU
What happens next?
The CPSU will continue to advocate for the best interests of our members, through bargaining for a new Enterprise Agreement - one which improves the rights and conditions of everyone, not just one part of the workforce. Our CPSU representatives are pushing for the first formal bargaining meeting to be held as soon as possible. At this meeting the CPSU representatives will table our log of claims, as endorsed by members.
CPSU member Log of Claims – join now to have your say!
Our CPSU representatives have developed a draft log of claims through extensive consultation and member meetings. This draft is now over to members for endorsement – click here to view the draft, and join now to have your say!
The CPSU is proud to be a democratic member-led union representing office-based staff in Australia Post. The higher our density the more powerful we are together.
If you have any colleagues interested in learning about CPSU, let them know there’s never been a better time to join our union – its easy and dues are tax deductible – give them this link to join: www.cpsu.org.au/join.
If you have any questions or feedback, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, stay safe!