Workers go back to get mail sent
BUNDABERG region residents can relax – the Christmas cards and presents should be safely on their way after Australia Post workers called off a strike a day early.
Australia Post spokesman Alex Twomey said Bundaberg postal workers would be back on the job from midnight last night to ensure the Christmas mail got through in time.
Members of the Communications, Electrical, Plumbing Union (CEPU) called the strike from midnight Monday after negotiations with Australia Post over pay and conditions stalled.
Workers are calling on Australia Post to protect full-time jobs and penalty shifts.
Mr Twomey said 75% of the staff at Australia Post sites turned up for work as usual on Tuesday night because they did not want to let the public down.
“They know how important the Christmas mail is to them,” he said.
Mr Twomey said the remaining staff coped well with the extra workload, and Australia Post was very grateful to workers who turned up as normal to help process the mail in what is one of the organisation’s busiest periods.
The strike was the second in a week, after 20,000 workers walked off the job last Wednesday.
“It’s been a big effort and a lot of work, but overall we’re going back to normal,” he said.
Mr Twomey said at this stage he was unaware when negotiations would be renewed.
“At this stage we’re focusing very much on just getting the mail out for Christmas; that’s our short-term focus,” he said.
However, the strike will continue until tonight in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
CEPU representatives could not be contacted for comment.