An Australia Post worker disciplined under the counselling and discipline policy had his base salary dropped almost $13000 (not including loss of penalties and allowance - another $8000) when Australia Post demoted him to the minimum salary of the classification one below his former position for bugger all.
The CWU referred the matter to the Board of Reference for review. The union argued from a financial aspect that the penalty was too harsh. The Board of Reference agreed and determined that the worker should be reinstated to his former position on full increments.
In other comments the Board also said that Australia Post should not act as gatekeeper and stop appeals from getting to the Board. The right to appeal decisions is an important part of natural justice principles that AP management ignores for their own convenience.
Your union is concerned about Australia Post acting unilaterally as gate keeper and the impact on members of the demotion provision in the discipline policy. Hence we are meeting with Australia Post to demand the gate keeper role is stopped and changes to the policy so that it is fairer and consistent with the normal way increment deductions are treated.