15
Sep

Cost and ‘modern look’ of vans more important than safety

A leaked document from Australia Post makes it very clear that vans with no side windows have been introduced to cut costs and because someone in management likes the look of them. “I have no intention of providing ammunition for drivers and their Union that will either impact either the financial or security related benefits, nor impact the modernization of

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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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21
Aug

CEPU press CLA with Post

On Friday 15 August the CEPU met with Australia Post to discuss our draft Common Law Agreement. We believe a number of factors compromised the development of EBA7: the abuse of WorkChoices to remove conditions that have existed in Post for many years, particularly matters that do pertain to the employment relationship; the position of the former Government that agreements

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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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11
Aug

New, professional advice reinforces CEPU’s van doubts

The CEPU has today released ergonomist advice that raises doubts about the safety of using the new Mercedes Sprinter vans for SPB clearances.The advice was prepared for the union by Chartered Professional Engineer and Ergonomist Mark Dohrmann. His comments reinforce member concerns about the Sprinter vans. Mr Dohrmann’s advice can be downloaded here: Mercedes “Sprinter” 311 CDI – safety issues,

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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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6
Aug

CEPU responds to AIRC recommendation on SPB-Van bans

As previously advised, Australia Post lodged a dispute notification regarding the CEPU’s ban on the driving of the new Mercedes Sprinter SPB vans. The AIRC considered this dispute application yesterday. The union put its position that it had attempted – over a number of months – to get Post to respond to the concerns of our members about the deficiencies

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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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