Number 7 1 March 2022
POST TECH REVIEW
The next meeting with Post is on Monday 7 March. We are developing our proposals to put to Post.
POST LWG - SPF
An SPF LWG meeting was held last week. After the meeting we believe that SPF staff are not classified properly and the duty statement reflects that of a PTO5 rather than PTO4. The fact that the Team leaders have been taken off the floor to carry out higher levels of work (supporting upgrades for TLs) should indicate that the work leftover has been given to the technicians. Mr Gopi agreed that the floor runs for weeks without team leaders and engineering leads being on shift. Mr Gopi agreed that he and other managers recruiting staff are struggling because the pay rate of PTO4 is too low. He can offer cert 4 training but will be unable to commit to Diploma training for staff. He has now had to employ other trades such as mechanics that cannot do all the work.
TPG EBA TALKS
The second round of negotiations took place on Tuesday. We began going through the 66 clauses in the EBA. Several logs of claims have been drafted. The meeting ended early as Tasmania had an internet outage. We resume next Tuesday.
TELSTRA SE CONSTRUCTION
Telstra has served us with their witness statements etc. It exceeds 1,000 pages. Telstra has also sought permission to use external lawyers, and this must be determined by the FWC. That will be decided next Monday 7 March.
NBN EBA APPROVED BY FWC
The NBN EBA was approved by staff and has now been approved by the FWC. NBN was required to give some undertakings and we will put the EBA and the undertakings on our web site shortly.
BAI has advised staff that it intends to begin bargaining for a new EBA. We are now seeking input from our members in BAI to develop a log of claims.
OPTUS EBA VOTED UP
The ballot for the Optus EBA opened from 10am 14 Feb and concluded at 5pm on 20 Feb. Following the conclusion of the ballot, we have been advised by Vero Voting that 1,575 of 2,533 EBA covered employees participated in the ballot with 93.3% of those who voted, saying `yes' to approving the agreement.
ACTU WARDS ABOUT ELECTION LIES
Sally McManus, the secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, has just released an important warning about anti-union disinformation.
POST PROFITS UP
Post today announced group revenue for the first half of $4.80 billion, up 10.4% year-on-year, driven by the strongest parcel volumes in Australia Post's history. The improved Group profit before tax of $199.8 million was underlined by asset sales and revaluations, as well as favourable bond rate movements.
Operational costs which increased by 13.2%, reflect volume increases and COVID-19 related network constraints which are likely to continue in FY23.
Capital investment during the period increased to $217.8 million, up $28.4 million. This forms part of the $400 million committed to new parcels facilities, fleet and technology by mid-2022 to help service the growing demand for services, bringing the total committed investment to more than $1 billion over three years.
The business also committed an additional $20 million in upgrading systems to cloud based solutions over the next year to improve parcel scanning and tracking in the network.
Australia Post secured new Enterprise Agreements during the half, for more than 30,000 Award level employees, with the market leading agreements delivering a guaranteed 9% pay increase over the next three years for Post and StarTrack team members, while also maintaining key existing terms and conditions of employment.
Parcels and Services
Parcels and Services revenue was up almost $464.5 million, or 13.6%, to $3.87 billion. 15 million people in lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 Delta outbreak across NSW and Victoria, led to the strongest parcel volumes in the organisation's history. Despite the network challenges associated with having thousands of team members needing to isolate during this critical time, our people continued to deliver to communities across the country.
Letter volumes were down 0.7 per cent, despite the 2021 Census mailout, with revenue down 1.2%. The continued structural decline of letter volumes and rise in delivery points for this important community service resulted in losses for the half of $69.9 million.
RAIL STRIKE WAS FALSE NEWS
The NSW Government resumed basic train services and withdrew their court case against unions. The NSW Government now concedes there was no strike by workers, that Transport Management made the decision to cancel train services and that workers have a right to continue negotiating fair conditions.
Authorised by Dan Dwyer NSW Secretary, Sue Riley Vic Secretary - CWU Telecommunications & Services Branches.