It’s important that members understand that there are very specific circumstances around when Australia Post can actually invoke the use of traditionally insecure employment arrangements such as casual and fixed-term contracts.
The Union assists members unclear about their employment arrangements almost daily, but a recent case in Queensland stood out as clear abuse of the provisions afforded to employees under EBA8.
The mail officer was initially employed casually from 2012 to 2014, then subsequently employed on five sequential fixed-term contracts until August 2016. It was in early September, when presented with a new casual employment contract, that she decided to seek advice from her Union to ensure everything was in order.
It certainly wasn’t. Following representations on behalf of the member, she is now permanently employed and has had all her previous employment with Post recognised for the purposes of long service leave accrual.
It’s important that members seek assistance if they find themselves in similar circumstances.
When it comes to your job security; no question is a stupid question.
If you are concerned about your employment arrangements, please contact your state Branch Official for immediate assistance.