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2015-11-24

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Dispute over Xmas arrangements

A dispute has arisen at the Melbourne Parcel Facility (MPF) over Christmas arrangements. The union has notified the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

The issue is who should be doing the extra work in the lead up to Christmas: low paid casuals or permanent employees?

The Australia Post EA makes it clear that:

  • Australia Post must consult with the union on casuals engaged under Christmas arrangements,
  • Permanent employees are to have access to fair and reasonable overtime and extended hours, and
  • Casuals are a last resort.

Despite this, consultation has not been genuine. They may have turned up but the decision was made.

The union requested RO (roster day off) cancellation start on 4 November.  But Australia Post said they are not going to use permanent employees instead they are going to use casuals up to 29 November.

Following the notice to FWC, Post has said MPF management will canvass staff interest regarding RO cancellations from 23 November 2015 (and determine whether they are required to start earlier than 29 November 2015).

The matter is scheduled for conference in FWC next week.

 

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