PostConnect (e-letters) in South Australia is to be shut down. PostConnect went through a restructure a few years back. Now 7 more jobs will be axed. These are not part of the 900 job cuts. They are in addition to them.
The work will be re-distributed to Vic and WA. About half the workers in PostConnect in SA want to keep working for Post. They have expressed interest in job swaps with people in the Adelaide Mail Centre (AMC) who have indicated that they want a redundancy package. This should not be a problem.
But the nice talk about the Swaps Register at the national level doesn’t match with what is happening on the ground. PostConnect people who are classified under the SPO structure are told they cannot swap with mail officers at AMC because they are under a different classification. The fact is that both are involved in production work. So why would Post reject such swaps when minimal training is involved?
The union has raised the matter with Australia Post nationally.
Meanwhile Post is loading everyone else up in PostConnect with more work. The people in SA had work to do. That work still exists. Only now there are now insufficient people to do the work. Worker stress will increase and not just at PostConnect.