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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Australian wage growth lowest in 16 years

Australian workers’ wages are growing at the slowest rate for 16 years, recently released figures show. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) quarterly wage price index for Australia shows that the “seasonally adjusted Wage Price Index (WPI) rose 0.6 per cent in the September quarter 2014 and 2.6 per cent over the last year.” …

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CWU meets with Telstra on classifications, pay

The CWU met with Telstra on 12 November to discuss the possibility of creating a single pay and classification structure in Telstra. As Telstra members will know, this was one of the unresolved issues during the last Enterprise Agreement negotiations during 2012. Telstra has for many years wanted to have all its employees covered by …

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Optus succeeds in award application.

Optus has succeeded in its application to continue to have an enterprise award rather than being covered by several modern industry awards. The Fair Work Commission, which heard the application, handed down its decision on 21 October. Under the award modernisation process, all existing enterprise awards ceased to operate at the end of 2013 unless …

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