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Message-ID: <345877DF.49F9@echidna.stu.cowan.edu>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 20:04:48 +0800
Sender: Forum on Labor in the Global Economy <LABOR-L@YORKU.CA>
From: Chris Floyd <nffyys@ECHIDNA.STU.COWAN.EDU.AU>
Organization: Edith Cowan University
Subject: strike

CEPU Strike

From Chris Floyd, CEPU, West Australia,
Wednesday 29 October 1997

The communication Electrical + Plumbing Union West Australia convened a meeting at the trades hall to report to mail sorters who have a dispute with Australia Post. The dispute comes from Australia Post Management's new industrial policy which re-aligns rosters, working in dedicated teams, the use of casual labor and the proposal to reduce the numbers of Mail Sorters from a staff of 500 people to 420 a reduction of 80 mail sorters. Australia Post is using the assistance of Proudfoot the industrial relations consultants and is refusing to negotiate any of the said workplace changes with the elected Union.

The Members unanimously voted to strike for 24 hours in protest against these forced workplace arrangements. The CEPU will be in the Undustrial Relations Commission on Friday the 1st of November.

Thursday 30th October Five hundred Mail Sorters walked off the job at midnight Thursday night and formed a picket line around the Perth Mail Center for 24 hours. The spirits were high all day yesterday until striking picketers watched about 40 or more Managers from metro deliveries centers enter the PMC to scab on striking workers. Perth Mail sorters have had a confrontation free work place for more than 15 years and are a little bewildered at the present situation.

Friday 31st October

The officials of the CEPU are listed to front the Industrial Relations Commission today.

I would like to appeal to any person connected with the labor movement to send me e-mails of support which I could pass on to my work collogues and I am sure they will appreciate it

In solidarity
Chris Floyd
West Australia