CEPU BANS THREAT TO MEMBER HEALTH & SAFETY
The CEPU’s highest decision-making body – the Divisional Conference – has taken an important decision to ban member co-operation with Australia Post’s Facility Nominated Doctor process.
Independent bodies such as the Australian Industrial Relations Commission previously ruled that the process was improper – it stopped the previous FND plan dead in its tracks.
But Post snubbed the independent umpire and abused other legislative powers – through its ‘Principal Determinations’ – to bring in its own rules and bully employees into getting medical assessments/treatment by Post’s “cash-for-treatment” doctors.
The unfair FND policy has been brought to the attention of Parliament and the media. The Federal Government is also considering options to also stem Post’s abuse of the FND process.
Australia Post employees who suffer from a work related injury/condition are having their work related injury/condition and workers compensation rights undermined by a policy that’s systematically forcing members back to work – regardless of the need to preserve patient health and wellbeing.
Post is putting production stats and profits before the health of their employees. The Union cannot accept members’ health and safety to be compromised any further.
The FND BAN is effective immediately.
- All Australia Post employees who are members of the Union are authorised to BAN attending FND medical assessments/treatment following a work related injury/medical condition.
- Members of the Union should follow these steps when a work related injury/medical condition is sustained in the workplace:
1. Report the work related injury as soon as practicable to the workplace Manager on duty.
2. Complete a P400 Injury report form irrespective of whether lost time or treatment is required to manage the injury/ medical condition.
3. Attend a personal and preferred treating medical practitioner to obtain a medical report/certificate and for the treating medical practitioner to manage and/or treat end to end the work related injury/medical condition.
4. Complete a workers compensation claim form and attach the preferred treating medical practitioner’s report/certificate when an injury/medical condition results in loss of time, reduction in normal weekly earnings and/or requirement of medical treatment.
5. Make diary notes and copies of all Documentation relating to your work related injury/condition.
|MOTION 25 (DECISION 14)
NATIONAL CEPU FND BAN:
AUSTRALIA POST FACILITY NOMINATED DOCTORS (FND)
“Conference notes the reports of many hundreds of Australia Post employees and their families suffering as a result of the Principal Determination No 10 ‘Injury Management Policy’ introduced by Australia Post on 2 July 2006 under section 89 of the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989.
Conference condemns the actions by Australia Post of abusing this legislative power in introducing this Determination under the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 and only following the decision by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission in its ruling that the actions of Australia Post to be unlawful under the Award, when forcing employees to attend FNDs for assessment and treatment following an employee reporting a work related injury.
Conference is of the view that immediate action is necessary by the Australia Post membership to ensure injured workers and their families no longer suffer as a result of FNDs who are appointed and paid for by Australia Post to provide medical reports that are utilised to undermine injured workers rights:
Conference therefore resolves, effective immediately, for an indefinite BAN known as the ‘NATIONAL CEPU FND BAN’ to be implemented by all Australia Post employees who are members of the Union from attending FND medical assessments/treatment following a work related injury/medical condition.
Further, Conference resolves for all Australia Post employees who are members of the Union to implement all of the following steps when a work related injury/medical condition is sustained in the workplace.
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