Aust Post contractors paid less than the award

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Aust Post contractors paid less than the award

The postal workers union’s long campaign against contracting out of work by Australia Post has been given a boost by evidence that contractors are being paid below the award rate, and up to $10 an hour less than permanent workers.

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The postal workers union’s long campaign against contracting out of work by Australia Post has been given a boost by evidence that contractors are being paid below the award rate, and up to $10 an hour less than permanent workers.
 
The Age newspaper has reported that contracts for north-east Victoria show they are paid just $14.50 an hour.
 
The Wodonga to Leneva West agreement pays the contractor $46,500 a year, to cover the cost of employing a person for 34.5 hours a week and servicing and paying for a vehicle to cover 180 kilometres a day.
 
The contractor must also pay fuel, superannuation, public liability insurance and WorkCover.
 
Contractor owes $300,000
 
Sixteen of the contracts were with Kevmar Contracting, which has since gone broke owing $300,000, including workers’ superannuation and wages.
 
Claims have also been made that workers were not given sufficient hours to complete their work, some mail was not delivered, and contractors were provided with unsafe motor bikes.
 
CEPU state secretary Joan Doyle said Australia Post had basically set up an alternative workforce that was paid under-award wages.
 
Exploited
 
She said people were trying to ‘buy themselves a job’ through the contracts, and were being exploited.
 
An Australia Post spokeswoman said contractors were responsible for the term on which they engaged staff.
 
The CEPU has been trying to limit the use of contractors by having them regulated through an enterprise agreement, but Australia Post has constantly fought this at FWA hearings.
 
Not good faith
 
Twice the union has been found not to be bargaining in good faith because of its insistence on restricting the use of contractors.
 
A breakthrough in negotiations was made in March with the union and Australia Post signing a Memorandum of Understanding. Since then, further negotiations have taken place.
 
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