Telecommunications

24
May

‘Disgraceful’ Telstra in pure cost cutting exercise at expense of employee livelihoods

Following Telstra’s appalling surprise job cuts announcement on Tuesday morning, the CWU has demanded for Telstra to commence meaningful consultation in an effort to examine ways to minimise the impact on employee livelihoods. At a time when most can least afford it, Telstra has placed its employees’ families ability to meet their financial obligations in the firing line as a

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9
May

Telstra Bargaining Update

Your Union bargaining representatives met with Telstra again this week, and formally submitted the following claims: At this meeting, Telstra also provided its response to some of our claims raised and tabled at our last meeting: 1.       Access to RDO/ 9-day fortnight for all employees and accrual of RDOs.   Telstra have not agreed to this claim. Telstra claims doing so would be

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2
Apr

NBN Co field engineers: take-home pay at serious risk

As members may be aware, NBN Co is proposing a significant change to the way their Field Engineers (FE) are employed as the national wholesaler moves away from the construction phase, and into a network maintenance phase. The changes, if they proceed, would effectively terminate all FE employment contracts, re-engaging individuals under the current enterprise agreement. NBN Co say the

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7
Mar

Telstra Bargaining Update – Week 2

Bargaining with Telstra continued this week with two meetings held, during which Telstra proposed changes it described as being geared towards employee flexibility. Telstra have proposed a change to rostering arrangements, which would see a reduction in the minimum engagement period for a shift. Currently, the minimum engagement period is 2 hours for casuals, 4 hours for contact centre employees

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27
Feb

Telstra Group bargaining kicks-off

Bargaining commenced today for new Enterprise Agreements across the Telstra group. Discussions were limited mostly to establishing protocols and a framework for negotiations for the multiple Agreements which will now cover the Telstra Group of companies, including Telstra Purple. In addition however, Telstra did table some key principles which it intends to guide their approach to negotiations. Those being: Although

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8
Nov

‘Disgraceful’ – Optus outage comes as jobs slashed across the country

The Union representing telecommunications workers says that today’s outage is an absolute disgrace – leaving some of the most vulnerable members of the community relying on landlines without emergency help. The outage comes just after Optus announced the slashing of over 200 jobs in the last two months – impacting various parts of their network across the country. This brings

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1
Aug

Telstra: travel allowance rate review outcomes

Following consultation with Telstra, travel related payments will increase and become effective as of 1 August 2023. The current and future rates are reproduced in the below tables. However, the key changes are: Existing rates, pre 1 August 2023 New rates, effective 1 August 2023 Should you require any further information, please contact Assistant Secretaries Cameron Bird, Peter Chaloner or

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19
Jan

Optus Retail Bargaining: Claims that reflect your views

Late last year we shared the good news that Optus had agreed to sit down with your Union and negotiate a new Enterprise Agreement for Optus Retail employees – your opportunity to put your terms and conditions of employment on equal footing with employees across the rest of the telco. Our organisers have been out and about in Optus stores

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9
Dec

Telstra: safety alert – electrical insulation gloves

Following concerns raised by members working at Telstra, the Union held discussions with the manufacturer of the electrical insulation gloves that are issued to members by Telstra, to seek clarity over the application of the Australian Standard Live working – electrical insulation gloves 60903:2022. It was apparent to us that current practices at Telstra weren’t compliant with the Standard. The Union

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7
Dec

YES! You did it: CWU members drag Optus Retail to the bargaining table

For far too long, members at Optus Retail have been treated differently to employees across the rest of the telco. Working under a sub-par, non-Union Enterprise Agreement that expired in 2016, so flawed that it failed the Fair Work Commission’s Better Off Overall Test, members were fed up with Optus outright refusing to sit down to negotiate a new Agreement.

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