Telstra Meal Breaks You Must Take Them

The long standing legal arrangement regarding your own health and safety is that you are required to take an unpaid meal break after no more than 5 hours work. This is contained in the latest Telstra EBA (2018-2021), clause 17.1. Whilst there is no written EBA clause about coffee/tea breaks (aside from a reference to …

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Annual Leave Reduction in Telstra – Yet Another Clarification

There appears to be further pressure on Telstra staff, of accumulating Annual Leave credits as we approach this coming September that contradict the Enterprise Agreement. Various Telstra areas have applied different sorts of pressure on staff, ranging from requesting to outright bullying and threats to ensure staff put in Annual Leave applications , not necessarily …

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Telstra 2020 –Where there’s Heat, Fire & Smoke

A new decade, filled with many employment challenges is now upon us. Whether it’s appropriate or not, be prepared for it!!! Summer time in Victoria has bought some serious weather events, as well as major fires in large areas of the state. This bulletin builds on our experience over the years of dealing with inclement …

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What Does The Future Look Like For Telstra?

CWUnion Victorian Telstra Members Bulletin WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE FOR TELSTRA? Telstra have indicated that if they are to be in the running at buying the NBN Co that it would need to be a “non-vertically integrated” company. Non-integrated simply means a split up Telstra. The Telstra we know today could be broken …

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Telstra – Leap of Faith

CWUnion Victorian Telstra Members Bulletin “Unions are going to take a leap of faith with us on this”                                                                                       Darren Fewster 9/10/19 This isn’t a “leap of faith”, it’s an unfettered attack on the working conditions of Telstra staff that must be resisted. The main item on the Telstra wish list – Transfer of business to …

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Telstra Bargaining Update 7/11/19

BARGAINING UPDATE “Unions are going to take a leap of faith with us on this” Darren Fewster 9/10/19 This isn’t a “leap of faith”, it’s an unfettered attack on the working conditions of Telstra staff that must be resisted. The main item on the Telstra wish list – Transfer of business to a subsidiary – …

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Telstra – Annual Leave Direction & EBA Update

The direction to take leave should only occur under certain very limited restraints, and must be a reasonable direction. From 2nd January 2019 to 3rd January 2020 Telstra have issued direction to employees to take annual leave for 14 out of 20 days of your annual leave entitlement. That leaves 7 days to take your …

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Telstra EBA – What does the Direction to Take Leave mean

Bulletin – What does the “direction to take leave “ (EBA clause 30.2) mean? Coming up towards Christmas, the annual pressure on reducing Annual Leave entitlements rears its head again, trying to reduce Telstra’s liability on these entitlements. Forcing a shut-down means staff may be directed to take some of their Annual Leave credits at …

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Telstra EBA – What does the Expiry Date mean

Telstra’s current 2015-2018 EBA – what does the “expiry date” mean, and what does it allow? Much debate has been occurring in some areas of the possibility by the employer to make application to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to “terminate” our current (albeit expired) 2015-2018 Enterprise Agreement. The result of a “termination”, if it …

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