Telstra Attacks Sick Leave Entitlement

Telstra appears to have initiated a concerted campaign to target those who have the misfortune to be sick. Sick Leave is a work place right.

TELSTRA SICK LEAVE – ATTACK #1

Telstra has introduced “Forced Overtime” in some areas. Leaving aside that problem, Telstra say that if you are rostered for overtime, and you are unable to attend “we (Telstra) are within our rights to ask for a (retrospective) medical certificate.” The EBA gives you 5 days per year without a certificate. Now you will be punished if you exercise the right.

TELSTRA SICK LEAVE – ATTACK #2

Performance Plan – Telstra is asking you, in order to get the usual bonus, to supply a certificate for all sick leave. The EBA gives you 5 days per year without a certificate. Now you will be punished if you exercise this right. Also, you should not be rated on whether you are sick or not.

TELSTRA SICK LEAVE – ATTACK #3

You won’t be considered for overtime if you have taken any sick days in the same week, regardless of whether you have a certificate or not.

If you have over 4 weeks of annual leave you won’t be considered for overtime until you have booked some.

OTHER ISSUES BEING INVESTIGATED

  • Forced OT
  • Forced ARL and LSL
  • Restrictions on taking ARL

We seek comment if you have experienced any of the above situations. We will keep it confidential.

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