No such thing as 'free mail'

AUSTRALIA Post is trying to minimise the impact of any industrial action by staff in the lead up to Christmas.

The staff’s union has planned a 48-hour work stoppage starting today despite an offer from Australia Post to meet with the union over the weekend.

An Australia Post spokesman said claims by the Communications Electrical Plumbing Union (CEPU) of ‘free mail’ over the Christmas period was a gimmick. Mail would be returned to the sender if the proper postage was not attached.

“There is no such thing as ‘free mail’,” the spokesman said.

Australia Post will have contingencies in place to minimise any disruptions next week and expects 75 per cent of its staff will not participate in work stoppages.

An offer has been put on the table by Australia Post.

It includes a four per cent pay increase, 14 weeks paid maternity leave, an agreement of no forced redundancies and locked-in existing entitlements.



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