CWU T&S WEEKLY BULLETIN NO 2021 /
30 May 2021
TELSTRA CANBERRA PUBLIC HOLIDAY
Would members who lost the RDO on Canberra Day please advise as we intend to follow up on this matter.
MIRAIT - WORK RELOCATION
Mirait advised at our last meeting - following a question from us - that the depot and office at Lisarow will close as the lease is coming to an end. The office will remain in the Central Coast area. But the depot at Lisarow and Glendenning will close and move to Beaumont St in Mt Kuring Gai. This will affect a number of staff, particularly with the one hour of free travel time. The move is expected before September.
We need details from each member of the effect of the move. What will it mean to your work hours, travel, etc? With that we can commence negotiations to overcome any disadvantages that arise. Please send details by email or phone us.
MIRAIT EBA BALLOT
EBA Ballots are conducted by the employers. We can monitor the process. Members have indicated that they will not support the proposed EBA. If the ballot fails, we will again seek better pay. We are also concerned that the proposed EBA will not pass the BOOT test and would not be certified by the FWC. You should have the EBA by Monday 31 May and Mirait will conduct an attendance Ballot on Tuesday 8 June.
Bargaining for EBA10 continued over the past two weeks with meetings focussed on matters pertaining to retail, delivery and contact centres. Technical staff are using their own bargaining agents and are meeting separately.
SPF TC MEETING
Post proposed a new shift arrangement essentially creating a permanent night shift of 8 staff including a team Leader. They wish to recruit for the permanent role. While we cannot see this working with skilled technical staff, we need to ensure that members are not adversely affected by the move. This will need a Local Working Group for consultative purposes. We will be seeking your views on this
SPF/SGF MAINTENANCE SURPRISE
Post usually praise the maintenance staff but at the meeting we were told that maintenance work techs were not doing the job properly. We reacted strongly to this and pressed the Technical Manager on the issue. How could the floor staff possibly judge technical work - they have no technical knowledge or skills? What were examples of the jobs not done properly?
The Manager had no answers. He then said that he would do an "audit" presumably to justify his statement.
So we can expect resources will now be applied to monitor staff to find faults. We are already very concerned at the disciplinary action being taken for trivial matters. We intend to follow up.
SPF - JOB ADVERTISEMENT
PTO 4 jobs are still being advertised. But this week we see a new tag: Notes: N.B: This Position has approval for fixed term and casual applications.
Once again, it is impossible to understand how this would work with specialised technical staff.
SPF MEMBERS DISPUTE
We are currently asking members to approve a set of agreements covering bullying, overtime and shift swaps. We have asked members to respond by COB 31 May.
Authorised by Dan Dwyer Branch Secretary
CWU Telecommunications & Services Branch, Sydney City, NSW.