The Union says Australia Post issues extend past luxury watches

Marco Green
October 26, 2020

The claim by Christine Holgate, CEO of Embattled Australia Post, that a gift of four Cartier watches was approved by its chairman, was ripped off by the organization's board in a bombshell statement.

Mr. Rainer argued that the federal government had ignored broader problems at The Australian Post, including the growing pressure on postal workers, and suggested that the entire board of directors be set aside during the investigation.

The luxury gifts were revealed during a Senate estimates hearing on Thursday.

The revelation saw Twitter erupt in response, with social media users questioning why the high-paid executives received such valuable gifts.

After one user wrote: "Frontline postal workers put in an inordinate amount of work, too".

"They were a Cartier watch worth $ 3,000 each", she said. "My wrist is light".

Liam replied with a GIF from the film Shrek writing: "We do have some nice boulders in this swamp though".

The Senate Estimates hearing likewise heard that more than $97 million in rewards had been passed out to Australia Post laborers over the previous year, with those in senior positions getting most of the money.

Australia Post laborers in the business office got nearly $10 million in rewards through what is known as the "business motivation plot".

"I think they did it with a missile".

"What can get from Bunnings $86?"

"Let's see. But I think there wouldn't be a board member of a government agency or a CEO of a government agency that did not get my message yesterday", he said.

A member of the Australia Post social media team responds to complaints following the Cartier scandal in a since-deleted tweet.

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher earlier asked Ms Holgate to stand aside while an investigation is conducted into the decision to award four senior executives Cartier watches as a "bonus".

Senator Kimberley Kitching asked: "Do you, Ms Holgate, consider it appropriate to use tax payers money to buy Cartier watches for already highly remunerated Australia Post executives?"

Australia Post Chair, Lucio Di Bartolomeo released statement to say: "On 22 October 2020 Australia Post representatives appeared before the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee in relation to Budget Estimates 2020-21".

Australia Post has as of late decreased letter conveyance administrations to consistently day in an offer to satisfy the expanded need of conveying packages, which presently make up 61 percent of its business in view of the expansion in internet shopping. "We are a commercial organisation and it was a recommendation from our chair that these people get rewarded".

Chief executive Christine Holgate will stand aside for the duration of the four-week probe, which will also examine the actions of board members. The finding of the investigation into the watch scandal will be reported back to Mr Morrison and his Cabinet.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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