13
Oct

Wage increase for LPO employees

The Australian Fair Pay Commission – Wage Setting Decision 2008 has resulted in a $0.57 per hour wage increase (approximately) $21.66 per week for licensed post office workers.  This equates to a $3.86% per annum wage increase at the base level (PSO Trainee).  Part-time workers are entitled to a pro-rata increase of $0.57 per hour for each hour worked per

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13
Oct

Union opposes Australia Post’s plans to cut short career paths of retail employees

The CEPU recently received a letter from Australia Post management advising they intend to externally recruit some Postal Manager positions due to a high percentage of the workforce coming up to retirement age in the Retail areas. The NSW CEPU Branch Committee of Management took a decision at its last meeting to oppose any such plan by Australia Post for

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13
Oct

Senate estimates reveals dubious health & safety practices at Australia Post

Any business that is able to reduce its workplace injuries is to be commended for its efforts. However Australia Post has implemented a program known as the Injury Management (Early Intervention) policy that sweeps workplace injuries under the carpet and worse forces injured workers back to the workplace before they are fit for work. A number of Australia Post workers

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13
Oct

But Mr John, millions could be saved by cutting loose your FNDs

The latest Australia Post Staff Information Bulletin from Managing Director Graeme John, dated 18 September 2008, encourages employees to identify cost savings in the workplace and discuss any ideas you have with your manager. Let’s start with the number of employees directed to Australia Post Facility Nominated Doctors (FNDs) by and large for the purpose of avoiding workers’ compensation claims and lost

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13
Oct

Post spends record amounts of $ to keep your Union out of the workplace

Australia Post’s preaching about the results this financial year being below expectations and the need for immediate action to reduce expenditure significantly beggars belief when you check out what the corporation has wasted money on in the last 12 months. Here’s one example –  a few months ago, CEPU Victorian Branch Secretary Joan Doyle applied to renew her Right of Entry permit. 

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13
Oct

Unfair subbies fines: smiles for some frowns for more

Following intervention from the CEPU on behalf of subcontractors over the issuing of fines to subcontractors from BSA, the majority of BSA subcontractors have had there fines removed. BSA have attempted to make an example out of a very limited amount of subcontractors and continue to apply the fines to them. The CEPU is seeking the appropriate advice to represent these subcontractors further

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13
Oct

Optus networks review

Optus has written to the CEPU notifying the Union that it is undertaking a review of the organisational structure of its Networks business unit. The company says the review will examine the unit’s engineering, operations and support functions with a view to ensuring that it can best function to support the company’s core objectives. It is interesting to note that

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13
Oct

Telstra employee emails to be retained for 7 years

Telstra HR have advised the CEPU that as from 21 October 2008, Telstra will retain a copy of all emails sent and received via the Telstra internal email system. Most employees are aware that their emails can be scrutinised now and should not be reassured by Telstra’s Workplace Surveillance policy. The emails will be stored for 7 years and can

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9
Oct

Members to consider industrial action

The CEPU has begun gearing up for industrial action to help members reach a new union collective agreement with Telstra.  Late last Friday, the union’s Divisional Executive gave the green light to consult members about the timing and staging of protected and prolonged industrial action. CEPU National President Ed Husic said that despite the best efforts of the CEPU, CPSU

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18
Sep

A great result, now let’s talk

Telstra employees have delivered a stunning rebuff to management by rejecting the two non-Union negotiated agreements voted on this week. By voting “NO” they have said that they simply don’t trust Telstra to do the right thing by them and offer them a fair deal. And they are asking why their Unions have been cut out of the negotiating process.

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