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Redundancies arise from relocation from Mt Waverley to city

The CWU notified the Fair Work Commission of a dispute about the relocation of the Post Customer Contact Centre (CCC) from Mt Waverley to the city (Melbourne). There are approximately 300 employees in the CCC at Mt Waverley many of whom had significant additional travel time and significant family responsibilities in respect of children and elderly parents such as to make it impossible to relocate to the city.

The CWU said the circumstances of Post’s CCC relocation to the city created a redundancy situation. The CWU said the RRR Agreement applied in these circumstances. Post said the RRR Agreement didn’t apply. All roles are required in the city. No positions are surplus or excess to requirements.

The FWC found that relocation could result in a redundancy situation for some individuals. The CWU represented the cases of those members who wanted a redundancy or redeployment closer to where they lived. The Commission resolved those individual cases where the parties could not agree, agreeing in the main with the CWU that these people should be either offered a VRP or redeployment.

We achieved the outcome sought by members – it only proves our national office philosophy – a union that fights for its members can make a difference.

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