|Issue No 118||02 November 2001|
Posties See Wage Rise By Christmas
Some 35,000 Australia Post workers across Australia can expect an added Xmas gift this year, to the tune of an eight per cent pay rise.
The rise, including two $300 lump sum bonuses, follows an agreement reached between Australia Post and the Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) to enter into a new 26-month Enterprise Agreement.
The new wage deal completed a very successful week for the Government-owned Australia Post, by posting another record gross annual profit of $402.1 million following the announcement as the clear winner in this year's corporate reputation stakes.
Communications Union, State Secretary - Mr Jim Metcher claimed "The remuneration benefits, job security commitment and permanent full-time jobs as the preferred employment option are deserving initiatives contained within the proposed agreement."
He said, "the new Enterprise Agreement provided in the main the necessary certainty and stability for Australia Post workers who continue to be deeply concerned with the expected loss of their jobs given the promise of a re-elected Howard Government to deregulate Australia Post by opening up its reserved letter service to full competition."
Mr Metcher invited the Prime Minister to reconsider the Federal Government's policy by not deregulating Australia Post and allow this year's number one corporate to continue maintaining world's best reliable and affordable postal service that will keep thousands of Postal workers in their employment.
Mr Metcher expected the overwhelming majority of New South Wales Postal workers will support the new wage deal and should expect delivery of the first pay rise instalment prior to Xmas.
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