Postal employees to walk off job

RESIDENTS in Rockhampton and Yeppoon might not receive their mail today as Australia Post workers in Central Queensland strike for 24 hours.

The strike was announced yesterday afternoon and Communication Workers Union spokesman Kev Hogan said up to 20 Rockhampton staff would walk off the job from midnight last night.

The strike is part of statewide union action amid allegations Australia Post is stalling on a new enterprise bargaining agreement for its staff.

Mr Hogan said mail delivery to the Capricorn Coast and street deliveries in Rockhampton could be affected by today’s strike, which involved up to 40 workers walking off the job across Central Queensland.

Mr Hogan said Australia Post would be forced to implement contingency plans as delivery drivers, transporters and staff from the mail processing areas were striking.

Other postal workers in Queensland stopped work yesterday in a bid to win better pay and conditions.

The Australia Post employees want a new workplace agreement which protects penalty shifts, rosters and take-home pay.

They also want improved workplace safety conditions.

They’ve been locked in an industrial dispute with Australia Post since 2006, with the most recent round of negotiations breaking down earlier this month.

South Australian workers will join the stoppages from today to avoid school students missing out on year 12 exam results arriving in the post.

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