CWU T&S WEEKLY BULLETIN NO 2019 /
8 SEPT 2019
CWU NSW T&S WEEKLY BULLETIN NO 2019/33 - 8 SEP 2019
POST SPF ROSTERS
Following our demands to Post, Post deferred implementation of the new roster and met with us last Thursday. We reached a position which we believe would be acceptable to members. The critical elements are: The temporary roster will run from 15 Sept to 30 Oct 19. The roster will revert to existing patterns on that date. If Post want 1 or 2 weeks more, they will convene a special LWG to discuss the matter. The roster pattern will not change. The 6 week temporary roster will modify the existing pattern for 6 weeks. The roster change affects only 2 persons, one from the afternoon shift and one from the night shift. It will be fairly distributed. An EOI will be issued immediately. The change will be for 2 week blocks.
12 HOUR SHIFT SICK LEAVE
The Federal Court has recently ruled that a day of sick leave is a day. Seems obvious. But if you are a 12 hour shift worker, a day is 12 hours. The Full Bench noted:
Some employees do not work their 36 hours per week spread evenly over five standard days, but may work, for example, a 12-hour shift on three days per week. On Mondelez' "notional day" construction, these employees will also have 72 hours paid personal/carer's leave per annum. For each shift that the employee takes paid personal/carer's leave, the employee is paid for 12 hours and will have 12 hours deducted from their accumulated leave balance. The whole of the employee's annual accrual of 72 hours would be depleted by taking leave for six 12-hour shifts on six calendar days.
The Federal Ct held that a 12 hour shift worker is entitled to 10 days (ie shifts) even if this exceeds the normal hours. This means that you (as a 12 hour shift worker) may have lost sick leave days - please contact me to discuss. I need to see pay slips where you have taken leave. (Dan Dwyer T&S Branch Lawyer 0428 942 878)
E000 LABOUR HIRE (PROGRAMMED)
We will meet with Telstra this Thursday for a report back on the issues raised at the last meeting. The issues were: + Noise: + Cold lunch room: + General Atmosphere in workplace: + Cancelled Breaks: + Standing sitting at work: + Permanent lockers:
EXCHANGE COPPER WIRE THEFT CONTINUES
In July Telstra revealed that 26 exchanges had been vandalised by the theft of copper earth straps. Access was then restricted for safety reasons. It was upgraded to 44. It has now been upgraded to 59 buildings. Country areas such as Wagga have been included. We repeat the advice we gave in July: As this may be a systemic issue, you need to check every exchange before working in there. You must not make an assumption that it is safe given the widespread thefts.
EBA TALKS CONTINUE
Talks continue on pay, LSL and clause 45. One matter discussed is the viability of the Subsidiary. One simple example of these concerns is; What if the subsidiary is just a `shell' or goes bust? Who will pay outstanding entitlements of employees? Generally, a `parent company' does not have a legal obligation to pay its subsidiaries debts if it became insolvent unless there were clear indications of unscrupulous business activity, such as trading while insolvent. The SBU is pushing for Telstra to contractually guarantee an employee's entitlements to alleviate these concerns. Telstra is considering this and will respond in coming discussions.
TELSTRA EBA HOOK-UP
HOME PAGE for details of the next hook-up.
The hook-up is hosted by John Ellery a member of the negotiating committee from our T&S Vic Branch.
Next Meeting Thursday 5 Sep 7.15pm to 8.00 pm. Meeting ID is 667994116
+ Simply dial in: 02 8015 2088 and enter the Meeting ID
+ Use your phone app (Download app "ZOOM") and enter the Meeting ID
+ Click this link: https://zoom.us/j/667994116
VIP - CONTACTING US - NEW PHONE NUMBER
Please note the following changes as we simplify our phone numbers
0428 942 878
Dan Dwyer Secretary/Lawyer - for industrial matters & advice
0447 265 443
Administrative eg payments, applications, change of details
Authorised by Dan Dwyer Branch Secretary
CWU Telecommunications & Services Branch, Leichhardt, NSW.