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
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
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.
Optus has chosen to close out negotiations and formally offer their proposed EPA to employees. Bargaining ended at a time when the Union felt that certain matters of importance to members remained unresolved. As part of its offer, Optus has proposed a wage outcome equal to that of the headline CPI rate against base salaries within current classifications. The Union
In an ongoing audit of employee entitlements, it has been discovered that Optus has short-changed members by thousands in unpaid superannuation entitlements. Discovering an anomaly in their payments systems late last year, National Assistant Secretary James Perkins and National Legal Officer Dahlia Khatab met with senior Optus management who advised that several small discrepancies affecting a small group of workers
Today’s revelations that Optus is axing 200 jobs from across the country has come as a devastating blow to workers. Optus today announced that it will cut 200 jobs and close 36 stores nationwide as it pulls the plug on its Virgin Mobile brand. CEPU Communications Union National President, Shane Murphy, said the news will hit workers and their families
The Optus Employee Partnership Agreement will reach its nominal expiry date in November this year. Negotiations for a new Agreement will commence shortly. Determined to secure an Agreement that puts you and your family first, it is vitally important that your views and opinions on this important Agreement that sets your terms and conditions of employment are heard. Please click here to complete
The Union representing Optus workers has slammed a racist job advertisement and says an independent investigation and a transparent review of the telco’s hiring policies must follow immediately. CEPU Communications Division National Secretary Greg Rayner said, “That this racist job ad was published is an affront. Optus leadership should provide a full explanation and cooperate with an independent investigation. “Workers and
The Union has slammed Optus’ plans to sack 480 workers across the country following assurances to staff and customers just last month that job cuts weren’t planned at the telco. Optus went into damage control in March following the release of confidential documents from a secret board meeting in Singapore revealing massive layoffs were planned for April, denying all claims.
The signing of Definitive Agreements between Telstra, NBN Co and the Commonwealth for the rollout of the National Broadband Network is an historic moment for the Australian telecommunications sector but must be accompanied by training for workers and a guarantee of secure jobs. CEPU divisional secretary Cameron Thiele said the NBN was a massive project which would create employment opportunities