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CWU has met with Post on Retail Saturday work

The CWU National Office met recently with Australia Post on Retail Saturday work. Following our meeting with Retail managers your National Office has written to Australia Post to confirm agreement between Post and the union that:

  • Volunteers will be used to staff corporate outlets on a Saturday.
  • Approximately 95% of corporate outlets will be open to trade.
  • A small number of outlets will open the parcel hatch only.
  • A roster system will be applied on an area basis if the Saturday shifts are over subscribed to ensure equity.
  • All staff will either receive a penalty of 50% extra or overtime rates for Saturday work.
  • Outlets will open from 9.00 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. with all staff paid for 4 hours to enable 15 minutes either side of the shift to open and close.
  • Saturday work will be treated uniquely and will not form part of the 5 day ROM/WFM process.

On the issue of staffing, the CWU’s position is that a minimum of 2 is acceptable where the  hatch only is open.  But, that a minimum of 3 staff is required where the outlet is open to cover the work and for security reasons. Post have said that a minimum of 2 staff will be required to open on Saturday.

We have also asked Australia Post to confirm that the in-charge allowance will be paid in accordance with the relevant provision in the EBA.

Australia Post has said that consultation will occur with CWU State Branches on state specific issues that arise out of the above.


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