CWU National Secretary, Dan Dwyer, wrote to Post to request that a Christmas bonus be paid to postal workers this year.
Post CEO, Ahmed Fahour, has replied saying, “no Christmas bonus will be paid this year”.
Postal workers can earn additional income from additional weekday and Saturday shifts throughout December in the delivery and retail areas said Mr Fahour. “Workers will enjoy a 2.5% wage increase in December this year. The business faces challenges. This is a fair outcome for workers” Mr Fahour said.
But is it fair? Is mail dead? Have Postal workers had it good? No, we don’t think so. Not after years of 1% pay rises! Post’s annual report showed an overall profit of $116.2 million. Revenue increased to $6.4 billion, up 8.3% on last year. Addressed mail volumes dropped 4% last year in line with what the union said. Post still delivered over 4 billion letters.
The pay increase in December this year is not even up with inflation over the year. Post has consistently delivered pay cuts in real terms (below CPI) to postal workers for the last 5 years.
The fact is that workers make many sacrifices at this time of the year to deliver Christmas mail and parcels. Post can afford to pay you a bonus!