NBN services Job cuts and other changes
Today we wrote to Telstra to request further information on the proposed changes for one of Australia’s most significant infrastructure projects - the NBN Fixed-line Network. What we know so far is that the proposed changes would result in:
- the reduction of 34 permanent roles between April and December 2022;
the merging of three teams (DA Program Delivery, Service Disconnections and Infrastructure Services) into two (DA Account Management and DA Operations);
- reporting line changes; and
- the creation of two new roles.
Do these changes impact you or your work mates? We will be seeking a meeting with Telstra to raise our members questions and concerns. Voice your questions or concerns with us - get in touch TODAY!
Over the last few weeks Telstra have responded with “no change” to many of your bargaining claims. Telstra’s response to your genuine claims is disappointing, particularly where many claims sought minor changes to EA wording to improve rights and Telstra practices of benefit to both employees and the organisation. Telstra say they hear us, but are they listening?
Union win for Retail in bargaining
Telstra proposed a reduction in Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for retail staff on at our meeting on March 2. As your representatives we indicated to Telstra that this would not be supported by members, and we would campaign against these cuts. Because of this, days later Telstra wrote back to advise the claim is now withdrawn. Without the CPSU standing firm against these cuts retail workers would have been worse off.
While this is a significant step forward, we do have concerns over several of Telstra’s proposals including:
- Introduction of youth rates
- Removal of overtime for part-time employees
- Extended opening times
- Opening up all retail classifications to casual engagement
What’s next in bargaining?
Telstra has indicated that it will be in a position to draft Enterprise Agreements (EA) to us for review and will commence discussions around a pay and super offer at our next meeting on March 16.
We will consult with you in more detail about these proposals in coming weeks.
Invite your colleagues to be part of our community
Did you know the main reason people don’t join a union is because they haven’t been asked? If you want to make your union stronger and workplace fairer it’s up to you - will you commit to asking two colleagues to join your union today?
Have a conversation today about the importance of CPSU membership and invite two colleagues to become a member.
Our power comes from the collective strength of union members - the more members we have, the more we can achieve. Ask your friends and colleagues to join today.