29th May 2017

Your EBA9 offer:

Locks in secure jobs and existing conditions

After months of bargaining and intense discussions over the past few weeks finalising the finer details, Australia Post’s formal EBA9 offer has been announced and an employee vote will take place shortly.

Since bargaining commenced in November last year we have been consulting with and listening to members across the country. Thousands of members have participated in surveys on paper, online and on the phone and your officials have been on the ground talking to members in workplaces every day.

Over the last two weeks AURs from across the country have attended Union briefings and we have held mass member meetings in some of Australia Post’s larger workplaces. 

Coming out of all of that, one thing is clear: job security and protecting all existing entitlements is your top priority.

Despite the roadblocks posed by the Abbott/Turnbull Government’s workplace bargaining policy, your Union has achieved an EBA9 offer that secures your job and protects all your existing conditions.

What does the EBA9 offer lock in?

ALL current EBA8 conditions to continue, including:   

  •  Penalty rates
  • RRR
  • APSS and Accumulation Superannuation entitlements
  • Authorised Holiday

 •No forced redundancies for employees impacted by reform for the life of EBA9.

The Abbott/Turnbull Government’s workplace bargaining policy is still being applied to Australia Post.  As late as last week in Senate Estimates hearings in Canberra, pressure was being applied on Communications Minister Fifield and Senior Australia Post Executives. The Federal Government’s policy severely erodes job security and waters down existing conditions.

And whilst your Union strongly opposes the Government’s policy and its 2% annual pay limit, your CEPU EBA9 campaign has delivered a partial exemption that allows us to lock in every EBA8 entitlement and prevents forced redundancies for employees impacted by reform. And despite years of active industrial action campaigns in other agencies, Australia Post is the only Federal Government agency to receive this partial exemption.

The offer delivers the things that you told us were important to you:

PROTECT YOUR EXISTING CONDITIONS

A partial exemption from the Federal Government’s Workplace Bargaining Policy, allowing the rolling-over of ALL the current EBA8 Agreement document – securing all your existing conditions including genuine consultation, dispute resolution procedures, the maximising of full-time jobs, the protection of penalty rates and the retention of your current RRR entitlements in full.

SECURE YOUR JOBS

Extending the CEPU/Australia Post Reform Accord – protecting employees impacted by postal reform from involuntary (forced) redundancies for the life of EBA9.

Further, a $22 million future skills training fund limited to Award / Operations level employees will ensure our members can be retrained and redeployed to growth areas of the business to secure their employment as our traditional work continues to be disrupted by shifts in consumer demands.

SAVE YOUR AUTHORISED HOLIDAY

Your Authorised Holiday will remain untouched and its timing will remain subject to annual consultation as presently occurs.

PROTECT YOUR SUPERANNUATION

Protecting the current APSS defined superannuation benefits, and the 12% accumulation rate for non-APSS members, for the life of EBA9. There is currently a case before the courts regarding your AWOTE indexation – you may have noticed Australia Post’s asterisk on this commitment. Regardless of the outcome of the case your Union will fight tooth and nail to protect your superannuation entitlements.

DELIVER ANNUAL PAY RISES

In addition to the Government Workplace Bargaining Policy’s maximum 2% annual wage cap, there is also an additional annual 1% bonus payment that will be calculated against your actual gross annual earnings – including overtime, additional hours, penalty rates, allowances and other non-salary earnings with a minimum safety-net payment of $250 to employees earning less than $25,000 p.a. The bonus is dependent on Post achieving 94% delivery service performance and the Australia Post Group making a profit, conditions which we argued with Post to remove to no avail.

Responding to member’s requests we have fought to have the 2% up front each year – not split. Why should Australia Post be keeping your money in their back pocket? Despite our best efforts Australia Post have refused to budge on this important point.

What happens next?

Over the next two weeks officials will be visiting workplaces across the country to brief members on the offer and answer any questions you might have.

On May 30, the full text of the proposed EBA9 document will be distributed to all employees. This is a legal requirement and gives all employees an opportunity to consider the agreement.

From June 7, all Australia Post employees will receive ballot papers in the mail giving them the opportunity to vote. 

To ensure that your current employment conditions, entitlements and job security are protected/locked in it will need the majority of eligible employees to support the EBA9 ballot.

We want to hear from you

We want to hear your views on your EBA9 offer and answer any questions you may have. You can contact us now by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by logging on to www.eba9.com.au/feedback.

 

Yours faithfully,

CAMERON BIRD

BRANCH SECRETARY