SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- The ticketing turmoil which has marred the buildup to the Sydney Olympics could slump to a new low this weekend.
Postal workers are refusing to come to the rescue of embattled Sydney organizers, threatening industrial action instead of taking up the slack when courier company TNT failed to fulfil its door-to-door ticket delivery obligations.
Workers vowed to strike Sunday after Australia Post agreed to deliver 30,000 packages of Olympic tickets in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Canberra.
TNT, which had handled previous deliveries of souvenir tickets throughout Australia, refused to make the deliveries Sunday because it did not receive the tickets early enough to prepare for distribution.
The Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union, which represents the postal workers, said Australia Post staff could not guarantee the deliveries on such short notice.
The union's secretary Jim Metcher said the workers refused to "pick up the mess" of TNT and Sydney organizers.
"TNT has failed to deliver them and now (Sydney organizers) are relying on Australia Post to pick up the slack," he said.
Alan Marsh, ticket manager for the Sydney organizing committee, said it was logical to use Australia Post when the proposed TNT arrangements broke down.
An Australia Post spokesman said the national postal service had a contract with Olympics organizers and he expected Australia Post employees to honour the deal.
Australia Post has applied for an urgent hearing Friday before the Australian Industrial Relations Commission in a bid to stave off the industrial action.