AusPost executives choose watches not workers

Today Senate Estimates revealed that the Australia Post board gifted Cartier watches to already highly paid executives.

It is clear that the board and the CEO are more concerned with lining their pockets than public services and their workers.

This is the latest in a string of dodgy and selfish decisions made by management. Instead of focusing on essential public services, Australia Post has:

  • Frozen workers’ wages;
  • Forced workers to take leave during the pandemic;
  • Misled Parliament and lied about profits;
  • Refused to rule out redundancies;
  • Failed to act on customer aggression in contact centres;
  • Been slow to act on increasing workloads at contact centres; and
  • Tried to pay themselves fat bonuses in the middle of a pandemic.

The union representing Australia Post workers, the CPSU is calling for the resignation of Australia Post CEO and investigation into to the board.

Quotes attributable Brooke Muscat, Deputy National President:

“Our members having been working harder and longer to help the community in the Pandemic, all while taking a pay freeze, and how are they rewarded? Not with a watch or a bonus I can tell you that.”

“Whether it’s watches in 2018 or big fat bonuses in the middle of a pandemic the Australia Post board and it’s management are out of touch.”

“What world do these people live in where paying themselves bonuses and gifting watches is a reward for freezing workers’ pay and ignoring systemic issues within Australia Post?

“It’s not enough for the Prime Minister and Minister Fletcher to be shocked, they have to act. This is what happens when you appoint your mates to the board and ignore the warning signs. Australia expects better than this.”

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