Australia Post and CEPU agree no job cuts

As Australia Post introduces new working practices it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the postal workers union the CEPU where it will guarantee no job cuts or pay cuts for 33,000 workers.

Australia Post is implementing the Alternating Delivery Model (ADM) where posties are to deliver letters every second day in metropolitan areas. Those workers who would be needed less will be redeployed to the parcel processing and delivery business. The MoU expires on 9 August 2021.

During the period of the agreement there will be no protected or unprotected industrial action from the CEPU.

Christine Holgate, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Australia Post said: “We are pleased to reach this agreement with the union to provide certainty to our workers as we navigate the effects of COVID-19 on our business.

“No posties will be removed from the delivery service and we have been encouraged by the strong response from people wanting to move across to parcel delivery.

“We look forward to continue to collaborate with the union as we implement the alternating letter deliveries in metropolitan areas and we welcome the CEPU’s recognition of the importance of this temporary change is to help Australia Post safeguard the business.”

CEPU Communications Union National President Shane Murphy said: “This agreement will ensure no posties are removed from the delivery employment mix something we have fought hard for protecting jobs and improving parcel delivery services to our communities.

“We are also pleased to announce that our members employed in roles directly supporting the processing and transportation of that mail product in line with temporary delivery standards will also have their jobs protected.

“From our negotiations with Australia Post we’ve been able to secure this win for our members who have been on the frontline of this pandemic and putting their lives on the line for their local communities.

“Finally, frontline workers will be paid a thank you bonus recognising the hard yards that postal workers have been putting in for many months now, by continuing to deliver for customers right when they need their postal service the most.”