Australia Post cannot confirm whether plans to shift letter processing to major regional and metropolitan centres would affect jobs in the Illawarra.
An Australia Post spokeswoman told the Illawarra Mercury it was investigating possibly moving its non-local country letters sorting to other centres but said it was ‘‘far too early’’ to talk about potential staff impacts.
Australia Post met union representatives last week to discuss challenges in the industry, given the business lost more than $185million in the last financial year.
She said the postal service had been exploring moving the processing to other centres to create ‘‘greater efficiencies’’.
‘‘We are working through the detail with employees and the union to better understand the full impact,’’ she said.
‘‘As such, it is far too early to talk about potential impacts on individuals.’’
She told the Mercury regardless of the final impact, no employees would be forced to take a redundancy.
She also shot down rumours of changes to overnight express services in the region.
‘‘Wollongong continues to be part of the company’s next business day guaranteed Express Post network,’’ the spokeswoman said.
‘‘There are no plans to change that.’’
The union did not return the Mercury’s calls for comment.