||Issue No. 313||30 June 2006|
Interview: Rock Solid
Industrial: Eight Simple Rules for Employing My Teenage Daughter
Politics: The Johnnie Code
Energy: Fission Fantasies
History: All The Way With Clarrie O'Shea
International: Closer to Home
Economics: Taking the Fizz
Unions: Stronger Together
Review: Montezuma's Revenge
Poetry: Fair Go Gone
The Locker Room
Dare To Dream
Better Get A Lawyer
The Last Laugh
Bold Post Spy at Rally
The union claims the company's Nepean manager, John Bold, harassed Post employees at the Blacktown rally, taking photos and recording names of protesters.
The CEPU has sent a "please explain" to Post, demanding a clarification of its position on the snooping.
"He's got the wrong name. This man is not bold at all - he is a coward," NSW CEPU secretary Jim Metcher said.
Dozens of defiant posties, who were not rostered to work, turned up to the Blacktown rally, after colleagues were ordered to stay away by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
"Postal workers are not only contesting the WorkChoices law but the giving of orders to deny them the democratic right to protest," Metcher said.
Australia Post has come under fire for taking an aggressively stance against workers who wanted to attend June 28 rallies.
It won IRC orders preventing employees from attending rallies anywhere in Australia.
Metcher said posties had intended being a visible part of the protests, using bikes and vans to illustrate their anger.
Australia Post has unilaterally changed shift rosters to deny new starters and posties who transfer between sites allowances that boosted their wages by around $100 a week.
Metcher said that, over time, those allowances had been factored into ordinary earnings. The Post decision cuts core wages from $37,000 to $32,000 a year.
"For a lot of people that can be the difference between meeting the mortgage payments and losing the family home," Metcher said.
"This isn't about being competitive, it's just petty penny pinching and meaness. It's no wonder they were worried about people protesting the free hand John Howard has given to employers."
Metcher said Post was aware the impact its moves to deny workers early morning penalty rates were having on morale.
The CEPU wants to know if Bold's absence from the Nepean Centre was authorised by Australia Post and, if not, whether he will be docked the four hours wages compulsory under WorkChoices.
Australia Post was the first winner of Workers Online's Bad Boss competition.
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