Telstra bargaining: All the colour,

Since our last update the CPSU has been busy exploring all avenues that might lead to solving the bargaining deadlock. We’ve met with Telstra Chairman John Mullen and returned to the bargaining table. Despite our efforts we are still frustrated by the unwillingness of the Telstra bargaining team to genuinely try to fix the problem.

Telstra Chairman Mullen

A good meeting with the Chairman

The CPSU appreciated the opportunity to meet with Mr Mullen. We knew that, as Chairman, he couldn’t dictate bargaining. But as with our visit to the AGM, the Chairman seems like the most sympathetic senior Telstra figure in terms of understanding what workers need.

We got a good hearing on the day and a promise to ensure Andy Penn and his team were mindful of our positive commitment and plan to resolving negotiations. We know Mr Mullen was good to his word, but it seems like the executive ranks still haven’t lifted their game.

Mr Mullen has offered to meet us again in coming weeks.

What would you tell the Chairman if you could? Let us know here and we will share your message.

A crappy meeting with the bargaining team!

After the positive meeting with the Chairman we met with the bargaining team. We were disappointed to find a lot of the same old belligerence, the same unwillingness to consider practical solutions to our stalemate.

The union bargaining team presented low cost and cost neutral proposals to break the pay impasse. There was no movement from management at the table but they have asked for our position in writing.

Where to from here?

The union bargaining team will write to Telstra management ahead of the next meeting. We maintain that Telstra has a number of simple solutions available to make a pay offer at least equivalent to the previous agreement.

We’ll also prepare for another meeting with the Chairman.

What can I do?

Ask a friend to join the CPSU at

Together the unions in Telstra still have a sizeable representation, but we need more Telstra staff to choose to be part of the joint effort to get a fair deal.

81% of staff voted NO to the initial lowball offer from management, that’s huge. Imagine how much more effective we could be if staff took the next step of joining the union!