Your CWU National Office met with Australia Post representatives this week regarding the new dedicated parcel facility infrastructure in Sydney and Melbourne that has an approximate cost of $210 million dollars.
Australia Post indicated that they are looking to introduce deeper sort breaks into Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. Currently these States may only receive a country and metro break of parcels. But these configurations could be broken up further with the extra capacity enabled by the new equipment in Melbourne and Sydney. Australia Post claims that this is only a recent thought bubble. But we are sceptical. It adds to the picture of why Australia Post was in such mad rush to get the recent EBA agreed.
The deeper breaks could potentially mean job losses in the three States where manual parcel processing still occurs. We have demanded all the information on the potential impacts to be tabled at the next National meeting due next month.
We will keep members informed of developments as they occur.