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Hard Slog at Startrack

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Drivers have taken a massive cut in their take-home pay and their morale has hit rock-bottom

It’s been increasingly hard going for our members at Startrack from the day they came under Australia Post’s umbrella.

Over the last couple of years there has been a significant reduction in their hours which has resulted in a massive fall in take home pay.

Members tell me they make less now than they did 5 years ago.

And unfortunately the cost of living has steadily increased over this period

So you can imagine our members growing anger when they realised that Australia Post/Startrack has been outsourcing their work to a separate parcels division.

This other cheap labour arrangement pays its drivers significantly less than the guys at StarTrack/Australia Post and they have been the subject of an investigation by the Australian Federal Police.

The exploitation of Australia Post couriers has recently received wide exposure on the ABC’s 7.30 Report and other media.

The rampant rate-cutting has sent the morale in the depot plummeting.

The TWU has met with management and been told the outsourcing and will not continue. We will be keeping a close eye on this situation as it jeopardises the job security of everyone at Startrack.

The other major issue at Startrack/Australia Post is one that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

As part of the last round of EBA negotiations the company and the union (reluctantly) agreed to implement a bonus scheme that, if achieved, would deliver a 1% bonus.

During these negotiations it was never once suggested that this bonus wouldn’t apply to subcontractors.

In fact it was spoken about at length that there was no point having a bonus scheme for a yard unless everyone who met the set targets would be rewarded.

And everyone did work bloody hard over 12 months – including the subbies – to meet the bonus scheme targets.

But the geniuses who manage Australia Post/Startrack moved the goal posts and claim the subcontractors are not entitled to the 1%.

A great big spit in the face of every company subcontractor. They now have no incentive to go the extra mile for the increased productivity that the company seeks.

Every cloud has a silver lining though and due to AustraliaPost/Startrack’s appalling treatment of our members we now have more strength and resolve to take the fight right up to them.

A big thanks to our delegates Neil Holland, Gary Parkerand Bert Pierrefor their hard work in representing our members.