Who’s the grinch, Australia Post or the union?
The Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union say they’ve been trying to negotiate with Australia Post for months and have been left with no choice but to strike three days before Christmas.
Australia Post says they’ve been forced to bump up the numbers of their Christmas casuals to deal with the all the joy and good tidings landing in post boxes around the country. One man’s “Christmas casual” is another man’s “strike breaker”.
Talk about bad timing. Unions clearly go for the holiday season to maximise the impact of their actions. Last week in Sydney the bus drivers walked off the job. British Airways had to scramble to avert a 12 day strike. And now the posties have given themselves a bit of extra time to get the last minute shopping done.
Australia Post spokesman Alex Twomey said the organisation would rely on non-union staff to deal with the strike days.
But according to The Australian the national president of the Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union Ed Husic reckons the labour hire agencies AP is using are barred from providing strike breaking staff by an international agreement.
“We will be following this up with our sister organisations internationally,” he said. “If these labour hire agencies are providing staff, they are getting involved in an industrial dispute.”
The union says the dispute is about job security, not pay.
Anyway, the outcome is that the sorting and delivery of mail is being disrupted in the one week almost everyone in the country actually relies on the post.
Are the unions spoiling Christmas, or should Australia Post have sorted this out ages ago?
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