||Issue No. 304||28 April 2006|
Canaries in the Coalmine
Interview: Head On
Unions: Do You Have a Moment?
Industrial: Vital Signs
Economics: Taxing Times
Environment: It Ain’t Necessarily So
History: Melbourne’s Hours
Immigration: Opening the Floodgates
Review: Pollie Fiction
Poetry: The Cabal
The Locker Room
Answer is Easy
Letters to the Editor
Win in the Post
I've worked for Australia Post for almost 8 years as a part time employee. Being nominated for a union rep back in March 2005 was a big job for me as all parcel centres around Sydney, NSW had all merged into one huge Parcel Facilty down in Chullora.
Having been a union member and being active I worked with a particular CEPU P&T official that we started a full time campaign last October 2005. During those times it was difficult to mention who was in the Campaign as Australia Post would try to monitor and make our lives very difficult at our workplace.
We made circulars for all staff at Sydney West Letter Facility (SWLF) and Sydney Parcel Facility (SPF) to fill out and return so an opinion can be found. We tallied the numbers, researched and contact Australia Post HR for numbers of vacant full time positions at both facilities.
Friday 3rd March 2006 was when Australia Post finally offered 23 Full-time postions at SPF.
Tuesday 18th April 2006 was when 13 Part-time staff including myself, was converted from part time to Full-Time after waiting 7yrs.
I still feel that an achievement had been done as this all happened under the "Workchoice" and yet Australia Post has a current EBA6 in place til it expires at the end of 2006.
It was a sad reminder that all part time employees were able to be offered full time jobs but it came at a cost for me and a win for the CEPU. I couldn't have done this Full-Time Jobs Campaign (FT JCC) without the help of two people, particularly my union official and another union rep from another work facility. We gave up a lot of time to get this campaign running and have Australia Post HR wake up and realize that a shake up was going on the floor. I won't mention names but if my staff and colleagues read this, I want to thank them for their help as it couldn't have been achieved without their help.
Thanks to Gil and Suzanne for being there.
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