Telecommunications

13
Oct

Optus networks review

Optus has written to the CEPU notifying the Union that it is undertaking a review of the organisational structure of its Networks business unit. The company says the review will examine the unit’s engineering, operations and support functions with a view to ensuring that it can best function to support the company’s core objectives. It is interesting to note that

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13
Oct

Telstra employee emails to be retained for 7 years

Telstra HR have advised the CEPU that as from 21 October 2008, Telstra will retain a copy of all emails sent and received via the Telstra internal email system. Most employees are aware that their emails can be scrutinised now and should not be reassured by Telstra’s Workplace Surveillance policy. The emails will be stored for 7 years and can

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9
Oct

Members to consider industrial action

The CEPU has begun gearing up for industrial action to help members reach a new union collective agreement with Telstra.  Late last Friday, the union’s Divisional Executive gave the green light to consult members about the timing and staging of protected and prolonged industrial action. CEPU National President Ed Husic said that despite the best efforts of the CEPU, CPSU

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18
Sep

A great result, now let’s talk

Telstra employees have delivered a stunning rebuff to management by rejecting the two non-Union negotiated agreements voted on this week. By voting “NO” they have said that they simply don’t trust Telstra to do the right thing by them and offer them a fair deal. And they are asking why their Unions have been cut out of the negotiating process.

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10
Sep

Deputy PM: Telstra non-Union deal doesn’t stack up

Telstra is repeating history by rushing through non-union agreements in a race to beat the introduction of fairer workplace laws. Want the proof? The Federal Government has completed a review of Telstra’s proposed non-union agreements. It has put Telstra’s non-union agreements up for scrutiny against the proposed new workplace laws. And guess what? Telstra’s offer is seriously lacking in many

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3
Sep

Telstra ECA quick read

Things you need to know when considering Telstra’s non-negotiated, non-union document called an “Employee Collective Agreement”. The current cost of living index (CPI) is increasing at 4.6% per annum and is rising quickly. Next year who knows? Any pay increase less than 5% or 6% is likely to be a real pay cut. What about reward for productivity and profit?

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28
Aug

Give Telstra workers the democratic right to negotiate a collective agreement

Telstra workers should be given the choice to have their unions negotiate a collective agreement rather than have the company’s managers push a non-negotiable job contract upon them. Unions have today applied to the industrial umpire, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, to help end the dispute with the company by conducting a ballot of Telstra employees about whether they want

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13
Aug

Commander in receivership

The CEPU has been in contact with Commander receiver’s representative Peter Anderson seeking discussions regarding our members’ future and entitlements.  A meeting has been arranged in Melbourne for next week. Please find attached two documents which the CEPU has obtained from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission webpage. Both documents can be downloaded here. The first deals with Voluntary Administration, a

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6
Aug

Here’s the MoU

It is clear that Telstra staff, whether Union members or not, are in desperate need of some clarity about what is going on. You have been inundated with internal communications from Telstra that are incorrect. One of the things we hope to do here is publish all our documents and correspondence from now on – so you can see for

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4
Aug

Telstra HR: out on a limb

Official advice from the Department of Workplace Relations on Friday should compel Telstra Human Resources to go back to the bargaining table. Read the full bulletin here. We have also written to Telstra on this matter today, you can read the full letter here. Background On July 17, Telstra Human Resources cancelled Enterprise Agreement talks.Their ambush stranded thousands of employees

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