Australia Post defying Govt on AWAs: union

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Australia Post defying Govt on AWAs: union

Australia Post is defying the Rudd Labor Government by continuing to advertise jobs on an AWA-only basis, according to the Communications Electrical Plumbing Union (CEPU).

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Australia Post is defying the Rudd Labor Government by continuing to advertise jobs on an AWA-only basis, according to the Communications Electrical Plumbing Union (CEPU).

The union said Australia Post has ‘joined the ranks of rogue employers’ by advertising positions on AWAs in breach of federal government IR policy.

Last month the Federal Government said that all departments and agencies should offer collective agreements and should only put new employees on AWAs if they had absolutely no other industrial instrument available.

The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) subsequently offered a position on an AWA, saying it currently has no collective agreement under which new starters can be employed.

Internal promotions

CEPU NSW State Secretary Jim Metcher said internal promotions at Australia Post were being advertised with AWAs as a condition of appointment.

Metcher said it appeared Australia Post management were setting out to defy the new government.

‘It is one thing for businesses like Telstra and the Commonwealth Bank to defy the will of the people, it is another thing altogether for a government-owned business to be pushing AWAs,’ he said.

‘Postal workers are rightly confused and angry when it comes to seeing their job promotions being advertised on AWA terms and conditions’.

‘On one hand Postal workers hear AWAs are dead and buried yet on the other hand continue seeing Australia Post Executives decisions to advertise job promotions under AWA terms and conditions.’

Direct defiance

Metcher called on Australia Post management to explain to the new government why it should set itself outside the mainstream of workplace laws and in direct defiance of the Federal Government’s mandate.

‘If a Federal Government cannot enforce its IR Policy onto all Commonwealth Government sections including Australia Post, then how does it expect Australian working families to believe their IR Policy position is bona fide in the build up to an expected new IR legislation being introduced into Parliament this week?’ he said.

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