Given the recent COVID -19 disaster hitting Victoria, the Premier has announced a reduction in staffing numbers at Australia Post worksites across Metropolitan Melbourne. The requirement would be for Australia Post to reduce its workforce by 33% across the board (Retail and regional areas exempted) taking into account the average of total employees over the previous 3 months.
Members have been doing it extremely tough since the start of this Pandemic that hit Australia in late February. Members in all parts of the organisation have put themselves on the front line as essential workers during this Pandemic and ensured the Victorian public have been serviced for their essential requirements especially the most vulnerable Victorians.
Postal Workers will always be remembered for their efforts during these challenging times.
When the reduction in workforce numbers was implemented by the Premier, your branch was in immediate discussions with Australia Post senior management, in an attempt to negotiate an outcome that would secure our hard-working members with security in their wages or conditions that would potentially be affected by stage 4 workplace restrictions
After almost two days of negotiations, your branch succeeded in achieving the following for our members.
1. Members who would need to stay home would receive their wages (including any shift allowances) for the two weeks ( and up to six weeks) while they are at home.
2. Fixed-term staff will be included in the staffing numbers required at a facility during stage 4 restrictions.
Members, please remember the safety of you and your families should be at the forefront and anyone showing even slight symptoms or feeling unwell should get tested immediately.
We will get through this together and the Victorian Branch of your Union is always here to support you.
Contact your organiser or your branch directly on 9600 9100 if you need any further information.
Secretary CWU Victoria