Send a letter to our Prime Minister Tony Abbott and help stop offshoring Australian jobs. #SOS

The Hon. Tony Abbott, Prime Minister, Parliament House Canberra Dear Prime Minister, OFFSHORING OF JOBS FROM TELSTRA We write to you about a very vexed issue: the offshoring of high-tech, reasonably well paid Telstra jobs to India and other places. Increasingly, workers employed by foreign companies are being used to replace Telstra workers. Telstra has …

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NBN Co confirms roll-out strategy

NBN Co has released a set of guidelines to indicate how it intends to implement the Multi-Technology Model (MTM) adopted by the company in line with federal government policy. In a statement released on 13 November, NBN Co indicates that most households and businesses: already served by the Optus or Telstra Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) …

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NBN EA negotiations update

As reported in E-Bulletin #21, the CWU and other relevant unions have become concerned over a slowdown in Enterprise Agreement (EA) negotiations with NBN Co. Since mid-year the CWU has been involved in discussions for a new agreement covering NBN Co technical staff.  Despite disagreements, including some over the scope of the EA, negotiations were …

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NBN Co releases new corporate plan

NBN Co has released its 2014-17 corporate plan amid continuing uncertainties about its ability to meet both construction and financial targets. The plan is, in fact, really only a plan for the next 12 months – an interim report pending the finalisation of the reworked Definitive Agreement with Telstra and renegotiation of the HFC arrangements …

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Telstra Xmas close down know your rights

At this time of year, the CWU often receives inquiries about Telstra’s ability to direct staff to take annual leave. The latest example is a direction given to Customer Service Delivery employees in Parramatta, NSW, to take leave from the 22nd December to the 3rd January. Telstra says CSD will be “shutting down” in Parramatta …

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Telstra announces domestic violence policy

Telstra has announced a new domestic violence policy to coincide with White Ribbon Day, the national day when men speak out against violence against women, especially within the context of the family. Telstra’s Family and Domestic Violence Support policy will provide employees with up to 10 days paid leave to attend medical appointments, attend counselling …

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CWU meets with Telstra on workforce management

The CWU has met with Telstra to discuss the development of a new workforce management framework for the company. According to Telstra, the aim of the system will be to allow it to better track the activities, skills and experience of its employees as well as to identify skill gaps and future skill needs. It …

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CWU Meets with Telstra on Wideband Issues

The CWU has been continuing to pursue issues arising out of the proposed reorganisation of Wideband teams, including the related redundancies of a number of CFW7 members. The union met with Telstra on 22nd October to put its view that Telstra was in breach of the current classification system by getting CFW4 employees to perform …

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NBN Co Freezes Agreement Negotiations

NBN Co appears to have frozen discussions over three new enterprise agreements currently being negotiated with the company. For some time there has been no further progress in the negotiations and no meetings are scheduled at this stage. We understand that the two other unions which have agreements with NBN Co, the CPSU and Professionals …

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