The CWU National Office has achieved a better outcome for members transferring to ABnote with personal leave (sick leave etc) now agreed to be carried into the new jobs.
Obviously, Post and ABnote reached agreement on how the transfer of Postconnect to ABnote would happen and who would pay for what. But maximising job offers to current PostConnect employees and maintaining existing terms and conditions of employment clearly wasn’t part of the Post deal.
The CWU National Office intervened and met with ABnote to discuss job opportunities and conditions of employment for CWU members.
ABnote said it wants some Post employees. However it doesn’t want them on the Post EBA which would continue to apply unless an order is made by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to terminate the EBA. Employees have been offered jobs on conditions less beneficial than the Post EBA. Offers are on a take it or leave it basis. Employees must agree to support ABnote’s FWC application that the Post EBA will not cover their employment with the company.
However, as a result of our intervention, ABnote has advised that they now agree to the following for those employees taking a job:
1. Personal leave (sick leave etc) will be carried into new job.
2. They will recognize prior service for LSL purposes (but no double counting where paid out).
3. As Post is paying out redundancy, theirs will start from service with ABnote.
This is a better outcome for members transferring across to ABnote.
The sale was to be completed by 31 January but may be delayed until ABnote makes its FWC application.