But if you are a manager and wilfully breach health and safety then you can be pretty sure that you will not be disciplined.
This double standard is a reality in many Australia Post workplaces.
How can this happen?
Senior managers turn a blind eye to the behaviour of their managers. It is evident in the way the safety issues are dispensed with. It is evident in the way HSRs and workers who raise safety issues are punished.
What can be done?
Conflicts of interest between Australia Post and workers over health and safety may always exist. Although having a healthy and safe workplace is a management responsibility it is not a management prerogative. This means that you can be involved collectively, through your union, in health and safety. This in turn means workers electing HSRs, not management picks, and setting up local health and safety committees, not hand-picked management committees.
It is not through discipline but involving workers and their representatives in discussions over the safety of equipment, procedures and the job itself that prevents occupational injuries. You can contact us at CWUnion for help.