PLANS to move mail sorting from the Australia Post centre in Lavington to an automated centre in Canberra will not happen until next year.
An Australian Post spokeswoman said the company was continuing discussions and if it decided to proceed with the plan, nothing would be organised until after the new year.
She said consultations between Australia Post and The Communications Electrical Plumbing Union were still in the early stages and it was not known if the proposal would be trialled in one regional centre before being rolled out throughout the eight centres in NSW.
“No facilities will close as a part of this,” she said.
“It’s one of those things that is in the early stage and nothing we will be making a decision on straight away.”
Australia Post managers and CEPU NSW representatives entered into discussion on Thursday about the future of the centres.
Branch secretary Jim Metcher said the company would be closer to making a decision when they reconvene in three weeks after more information on staff modelling, revenue and operating costs for the new proposal are revealed.
The equivalent of 60 full-time jobs in Lavington, Wagga, Wollongong, Bathurst, Tamworth, Kempsey and Casino could be at risk if next-day delivery services are impacted by the proposed changes.
Mr Metcher said through consultation the union wanted to fight to keep the next-day delivery service to lessen the effect on some employee job losses.
“I want to get into a position through consultation to mitigate job losses,” he said.
“If they (Australia Post) continue next-day delivery then it would minimise job losses whilst maintaining the delivery service.”