On Saturday May 10 an extremely successful rally was held at the Footscray Post Office in Melbourne’s west. The rally was followed by a cavalcade of cars across the suburbs to the Williamstown Post Office a few kilometres away.
Around 200 local residents attended the rally sending a clear message to Australia Post that the western suburbs community demands a full and decent postal service.
The rally was prompted by the news that Australia Post plan to close the Newport, Sunshine and Footscray West Delivery Centres in July this year. Their plan is to consolidate the three Delivery Centres into the one central location in West Sunshine which will be called the Western Super Centre.
The relocation of the Newport Delivery Centre doesn’t bode well for the residents of Altona as their mail service will be split in half by dividing the indoor sorting work from the outdoor deliveries. Full time workers will be replaced by part timers and casuals and on four-hour shifts. This will lead to a reduction in the quality of service provided to the Altona Community.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) in conjunction with the Western Community and Union Alliance has been campaigning against the closures on the streets of Williamstown, Altona, Footscray and Yarraville for the past month. The support from the community has been outstanding with more than 1000 residents signing the ‘Save Our Posties’ petition to Federal Labor Senator Stephen Conroy.
The CWU has said they will continue the campaign to ensure that workers jobs and conditions are protected and that quality postal services are provided to our communities.
By Troy McGuiness