Australia Post has announced 900 sackings to take place over the next 12 months. Chief Executive Ahmed Fahour has blamed a decrease in letters being sent across the country for the job losses.
By Corey Snoek, Socialist Party
While profits specifically from letter delivery have dropped, overall profits have risen. Profits from the parcel delivery and retail side of Australia Post were over $600 million last year. On top of these profits the top 10 executives of the company are earning more than $20 million a year!
With Australia Post set to save only $90 million from these redundancies the Communications Workers Union is asking why these job losses are necessary. If there was a genuine need to restructure why aren’t workers being offered retraining and access to jobs in growth areas such as parcel delivery?
So far the job losses have been slated for administrative areas but Australia Post is also lobbying the government for less frequent mail delivery services. This move should be opposed. If Australia Post was allowed to reduce delivery frequency it would mean a poorer and more expensive service as well as thousands more front line jobs going.