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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4
Aug

Telstra MoU lawful: Management should abide by umpire’s ruling and resume talks

Telstra Human Resources should abide by a ruling of the federal Department of Workplace Relations and immediately resume talks with unions about a new enterprise agreement. The department has found that a draft memorandum of understanding for a constructive relationship proposed by the unions would not put Telstra in breach of the national construction code. ACTU secretary Jeff Lawrence says

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4
Aug

Media Release: Australia Post’s ‘sick policy’ – just that

Australia Post faces Commission for denying workers’ sick leave entitlements Postal workers have been stripped of their sick leave entitlements for bogus reasons, including calling in sick ‘too early’, says their union. Australia Post has directed employees to call in sick only during a one-hour window before the commencement of their shift. Workers who have called in several hours before

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21
Jul

Telstra psych games on AWAs

It’s been revealed that Telstra applied psychological profiling to its staff to work out how to lure them onto AWAs.The claims are detailed in the Herald-Sun.  The full article can be found here: Telstra lure of AWAs attacked (Herald Sun, 21 July 2008) Some of the claims include: “…Telstra managers studied and classified workers to exploit their personality traits. “A

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21
Jul

Telstra’s secret IR documents

Telstra management’s secret IR strategy reveals unethical treatment of workers: unions call for talks Official company documents revealed today show a secret strategy used by Telstra management to get 15,000 employees onto Australian Workplace Agreements ahead of a ban on them which came into force in March.   The secret training kit obtained by a newspaper lays out a plan

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20
Jul

Stamp out the FND virus

CEPU BANS THREAT TO MEMBER HEALTH & SAFETY The CEPU’s highest decision-making body – the Divisional Conference – has taken an important decision to ban member co-operation with Australia Post’s Facility Nominated Doctor process. Independent bodies such as the Australian Industrial Relations Commission previously ruled that the process was improper – it stopped the previous FND plan dead in its

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