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September 27, 2021

Around 2,000 StarTrack workers went on strike over the company's cost-cutting plans

The Transport Workers Union is fighting for more job security for StarTrack staff.

What's the key learning?

  • StarTrack is the Aussie post delivery service with more than 4,000 employees Australia-wide, and it's owned by Australia Post
  • Half of these employees walked off the job on the 23rd of September over the company's cost-cutting measures
  • The Transport Workers Union, who represents StarTrack staff, said the company had been using contractors and labour-hire workers over their permanent staff
  • Fed Ex staff are expected to go on strike next week.

Background: StarTrack is the Aussie post delivery service owned by Australia Post. They're the delivery service delivering your 88th online purchase this month. Did ya really need that oil diffuser?!

What happened: StarTrack generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue each year. And it has more than 4,000 employees. And yesterday, around half of these employees walked off the job.  

What else: The Transport Workers Union (TWU) who represents StarTrack staff said the company had been using contractors and labour-hire workers over their permanent staff. They are re-negotiating the enterprise bargaining agreement for StartTrack staff.

So what's the key learning?

💡Enterprise bargaining is the negotiating process that occurs between an employer and the unions. It's kinda like having someone negotiate your contract on your behalf.

💡Once the enterprise bargain is agreed - it will turn into an enterprise agreement - which sets out the terms of employment - like pay, leave, and roles and responsibilities.

💡The bargaining process can be as brief as a few letter exchanges between the unions and big bosses...or it can blow up to big media-attention-grabbing strikes. This is what we're seeing with StarTrack.

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