Postal strike brings mail to a halt

More than 20,000 Australia Post workers walked off the job yesterday as part of a nationwide strike. Australia Post management said there was a significant backlog of post with about 4.1 million letters and parcels remaining undelivered.

The dispute is over pay and conditions with the workers demanding a new enterprise agreement that protects penalty shifts, rosters and take-home pay. The workers are also demanding improved workplace safety conditions.

Late last night Fair Work Australia ordered the strike to cease but the Communication Workers Union (CWU) is pledging to continue the stoppages next week. In the meantime the workers will engage in work bans such as not checking mail for stamps.

Socialist Party members supported the strike at the Dandenong Letters Centre (DLC) in Victoria and report that the resolve of the workers is strong.