Telstra PAB – Return Your Vote By 25 Feb

Ref: SLD 19/07 – 11 Feb 2019

CWUnion Bulletin

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Protected Action Ballot – Telstra Enterprise Agreement
Return your YES vote URGENTLY (before 25th Feb)!!
We are quickly approaching the last week of the EBA Protected Action Ballot. It is extremely important that a further message is sent to Telstra (after the excellent vote NO result) that we are serious about prosecuting the EBA claim, and the only way to do that is with a threat of disruption to the intransigent Management.

We must have: 1) greater than 50% of issued votes returned, and 2) greater than 50% of the returned votes (ie CWU members Australia wide) supporting the protected action. It is very important to get a good return from Victoria to lead the way on this action.

   VOTE YES TO THE PROTECTED ACTION BALLOT – NOW!


PETITION SIGNING – TELSTRA EBA
We are organising a signing of a petition for ALL Telstra staff to progress the Telstra EBA campaign. It will offer an opportunity for all staff (CWU members and all non-members) to add a little extra to the campaign, and will not take much of your time.

We have booked a centralised location and we are providing plenty of pens and petitions, so come along to the COOPERS INN (top floor), 242 Exhibition St (Cnr Lt Lonsdale) this coming Wednesday (13th of Feb), 12 Noon to 2pm!!

If you can’t make the meeting click on the link: online petition

Get the message around, and come up to the top floor and say gidday and sign the petition. Branch Officials will be in attendance for any further questions about the EBA.

BREATHTAKING CONTRADICTIONS – ANDY PENN’S PRESENTATION TO THE COMMITTEE FOR THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF AUSTRALIA (CEDA) – 30 JANUARY, 2019, ON THE TOPIC OF “FUTURE OF WORK”

If you ever wondered why the Telstra T22 “experiment” currently being performed by the upper management on its own workforce is being received by its staff with so much disdain, you only have to take a look at the spoken word of the CEO, and the contradictions become very real. Penn’s address to this CEDA forum is available at http://ceda.com.au/News-and-analysis/CEDA-Events/We-need-to-build-skills-not-walls-Telstra-CEO

Penn seeks to blame everything about the Telstra situation on NBN, not his own failures or those of the board. In fact if he had any conscience, he would have resigned after the last Telstra AGM, where his remuneration plan was resoundingly defeated by the shareholders. The fact that Telstra has dropped the ball in many areas, mismanaged and failed to respond to outages due to decisions made about offshoring quality Australian jobs to cheap exploited labour in India and the Philippines seems to be ignored. Then the audacity to claim Telstra has ….“developed” a “Future Workforce Strategy” which lays out how we need to attract, develop, retain, re-train and rebalance our workforce” What a load of rubbish!!!! Talk to those committed Telstra workers who already have been reduced in the so called “rebalance”, and had their jobs replaced by cheap contractors and offshored low wage workers, and you will get a very different picture.

A company that was an inherent part of Australia’s technology progression that provided work for tens of thousands of Australian workers (over 100,000 at its peak).  Penn talks about “agile working” as the way forward. What a con – obviously that “agility” is code for ducking and weaving, and hiding behind the reality that Telstra has not provided the telecommunications service that it is meant to. The only real vision appears to be further dismemberment of the incredible icon that Telstra was.

He talks about “building new capabilities” – but he already has a workforce that is entirely capable of doing that – with an appropriate commitment to ongoing training of its existing highly trained workforce that has been sadly lacking recently. Instead, he sacks them. The reality is that Penn simply wants to cut the cost of every individual worker so that, as a CEO, he can say he has been successful. Well here’s a tip Andy – start looking for what makes great Telecommunications and IT companies – it’s the workforce you engage and build and support, on shore in this great country, not in cheap exploited labour countries – you may find the solution to Telstra’s problems in your own Australian back yard.

SUE RILEY
Secretary
m. 0439 762 455
e. sriley@cwu.asn.au
JOHN ELLERY
Assistant Secretary
m. 0419 823 580
e. jellery@cwu.asn.au
JONO WRIGHT
Recruitment Officer
m. 0490 053 829
e. jwright@cwu.asn.au
Communication Workers Union Telecommunications & Services Branch Victoria (CWU T&S Vic)
PO Box 415 Carlton South 3053 | p 9663 6815 | f 9663 8249 | e cdtsvic@cwu.asn.au | w www.cwuvic.org.au
Communication Workers Union is the Communications Division of the CEPU

 

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