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Issue #1702      September 16, 2015

Hands off Aussie Post

Hundreds of concerned workers from across the mailing, print and postal industries rallied outside Australia Post Headquarters in Melbourne’s CBD last week.

Workers made sure their message was heard with frequent choruses of high-pitched whistling coming from whistles that were handed out to each rally-goer on arrival.

Workers are angry at the proposed changes to slash Australia Post services and double prices. This will see an inevitable cycle of price rises, service cuts and steeper mail volume declines, all of which puts at risk tens of thousands of mailing industry jobs.

The AMWU along with CWU, CPSU, NUW and CFMEU have joined forces and have been fighting hard to get members’ message to Canberra.

The campaign has successfully gathered thousands of signatures in a petition against the proposed changes and last Saturday a convoy of posties on their much loved red motorbikes departed Melbourne for Canberra to deliver the petition in person.

AMWU, national print secretary Lorraine Cassin, speaking at the rally said that “it was not up to CEO Ahmed Fahour to destroy an Aussie icon” and that he needed to consult with Australia Post workers and the wider community.

Ms Cassin also urged the Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to implement all recommendations from a recent Senate Inquiry, which would see a strategic industry roundtable established with a mandate to work through the opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

“One thing’s for sure,” Ms Cassin said to the sea of workers and supporters, “we fight to win and we won’t stop until we do!”

Next article – Two Ships of Shame in two days

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