Members At Telstra To Have Their Say

Telstra EBA Update

CEPU/CWU members will be given the opportunity to vote to engage in protected industrial action at Telstra. The vote requires a 50% (plus 1) return as well as a majority ‘Yes’ outcome.

Only a short time ago, employees forced Telstra back to the bargaining table after resoundingly rejecting the offer of a pay cut in real terms. And we have continued to bargain with Telstra in good faith – advancing your claims for a fair and equitable new EA at Telstra.

CEPU/CWU members need a wage rise, not a pay cut. Even the Reserve Bank governor endorses decent pay outcomes.

To advance your claims for a fair EA, your Union lodged an application for a ballot of members to vote to engage in legal, protected industrial action. Last week, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) granted our application and made orders for the ballot to be conducted with the following timetable:

  • Roll of eligible voters closes – Friday 18 January 2019
  • Ballot opens – Monday 21 January 2019
  • Ballot closes – Monday 25 February 2019

To be eligible to vote in the ballot, you must be a member of the CEPU/CWU.

Show them – it’s not acceptable to sack 9500 of your colleagues and make you take a pay cut while the executive group pays themselves 200 times more than you earn in a year.

It’s important for all members to ask each and every one of their colleagues, who may not yet be members, to stand with you and join today.

As the roll of eligible voters closes on 18 January, new members should join well before this date to ensure the AEC receive their information and verify their eligibility in time.

New members can join online at for T&S members
And: for P&T members
The web sites are very similar so please ensure you give any potential member the correct site

CWU Data Base Update Telecommunication & Services members Only
On checking the T&S Vic Telstra members’ data base we found a number of entries lacking complete information required by the AEC for the ballot.

We have contacted the relevant members by email ( and though many have responded, and we thank you for that, many didn’t, so if you have not yet supplied us with the info requested could you please do so ASAP.

MEMBER ALERT: If you are in doubt as to whether the union has your correct home address then please check with us:
(T&S) members: Phone on 9663 6815 or email
(P&T) members: Phone 9387 0189 or email:

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