“The National Code and Guidelines for the Construction Industry do not in any way prevent a company subject to their operation from negotiating a collective agreement with their employees or their employees’ representatives,” Ms Gillard said in a statement.
“Any claims to the contrary are incorrect.”
One has to question the validity of the Telstra HR claims – and the impressions they are designed to create.
The Deputy PM has been a great supporter of getting the parties together to come up with an enterprise agreement at Telstra:
“It’s the Government’s view that cooperative workplace relations drive productivity, employee engagement and satisfaction… I hope that by working together the union movement and Telstra can develop outcomes which are in the best interests of Telstra employees,” Ms Gillard said in a letter to the ACTU on 20 June, 2008.
Here’s one article that extensively quotes the Deputy PM comments in the last 24 hours:
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