PROPOSED changes that could have sparked job losses at the Lavington mail sorting centre have been put on hold.
The Communications Electrical Plumbing Union has initiated talks with Australia Post after the company announced some regional sorting services would be transferred to an automated centre in Canberra.
The union said such changes could have sparked the equivalent of 60 full-time job losses in Lavington, Wagga Wollongong, Bathurst, Tamworth, Kempsey and Casino; as well as affected next-day delivery services in each town.
CEPU NSW branch secretary Jim Metcher said the union had indicated a reluctance to support such measures and sought more information on staff modelling, revenue and operating costs for the new proposal.
He said the talks had so far been "constructive and meaningful".
Talks between the union and Australia Post will resume in three weeks.