AUSTRALIA Post is considering cutting next-day delivery from regional centres, including Ballarat, which the union says will cost jobs.
Communication Workers Union branch secretary Joan Doyle said the proposal was a “kick in the guts” for regional Victoria.
She said the program would see part of Australia Post’s Victorian regional operations transferred to the Dandenong Mailing Centre.
“The decision by Australia Post to abandon next-day delivery will hit the Ballarat economy with dozens of jobs likely to be lost at the Ballarat depot,” Ms Doyle said.
Should the proposal happen, Ms Doyle expects 30 jobs will be cut from the Ballarat Mail Centre.
“Not only are they abandoning ‘next-day delivery’ for mail posted between Melbourne and Ballarat and between Ballarat and adjoining country towns, but to make matters worse only 94 per cent of mail will be delivered on the second day.”
An Australia Post spokesperson said the option of cutting next-day delivery was just one explored during a recent meeting with union officials.
They accused union representatives of scaremongering and making misleading statements.
“We are working through the detail with employees and the union to better understand the full impact,” they said.
“As such it is far too early to talk about potential impacts on individuals.”
One worker currently employed at the Ballarat Mailing Centre said his job could be in the firing line.
“Most companies you hear about restructuring and job cuts because they are doing it tough but Australia Post are doing it purely for financial gains,” he said.
Labor MP Catherine King said the announcement was reflective of a trend of job losses in Ballarat.
“If the new government is concerned about the regional communities then they should reverse this decision,” Ms King said.