- Employees of Australia Post’s logistics branch, StarTrack, are planning a 24-hour strike on Thursday to protest job security
- The Transport Workers Union says StarTrack has been outsourcing work at increasing rates, which is threatening employees’ jobs
- This strike comes after Australia Post delivered more parcels last month than during the last Christmas period, due to COVID-19 lockdowns across the country
- Additionally, Australia Post has put out another call for workers ahead of Christmas, which it believes will be its “busiest ever”
Online shoppers may have to wait a bit longer to receive their packages, as StarTrack employees prepare to strike.
Around 2000 workers will walk off the job for 24 hours on Thursday in response to the company shutting down negotiations between the company and the Transport Workers Union (TWU).
Reportedly, StarTrack declined an invitation to meet with the TNU and discuss workers’ demands after the union group wrote to the company last week.
TWU said StarTrack has been outsourcing work at increasing rates, which is threatening employees’ jobs.
This strike comes after Australia Post delivered more parcels last month than during the previous Christmas period, due to COVID-19 lockdowns across the country.
Additionally, Australia Post has put out another call for workers ahead of its “busiest Christmas ever”.
Australia Post has placed ads for 1600 additional permanent and fixed-term jobs around the country, together with some 3300 Christmas casual roles still available.
“With vacancies in every state and territory, Australia Post is on the lookout for people to join their teams across parcel and mail processing, van and truck drivers, motorcycle and EDV posties, forklift operators, and in customer service roles,” Australia Post said.
Despite the company’s current clash with the TWU, Australia Post Executive Sue Davies was encouraging those looking for work to reach out and join Australia Post.
“At the moment, every day feels like Christmas at Australia Post and we’re on the lookout for people to join us and help deliver and process record volumes across the country,” she said.