CWU T&S WEEKLY BULLETIN NO 2021 /
17 October 2021
We will this week seek meetings with one up and two up managers to satisfy the EBA steps on the way to an FWC hearing. WE will advise members this week of each step.
We have advised Mirait that their latest pay offer is rejected. We have responded stating that CPI increases be applied to all wages, not just EBA rates. Alternatively, we seek a 2 year agreement. We have yet to see the Mirait response.
COVID PRIVACY ISSUES
We have written to Telstra re another privacy issue. Our letter said:
As you know there has been a myriad of complaints re the Telstra Covid policy. Some staff are concerned that their certificates are being loaded into Workday where they can be accessed by any staff or contractor of Telstra. Privacy issues clearly arise.
There are objections about providing and unloading certificates. The certificates have more information beyond just a statement that the person has had one or two jabs. I note that the certificate has date of birth, a personal health Care identifier, Type of vaccine and more. One way around this would be to alloy a team leader or manager to sight the certificate and make a notation on the appropriate file that it has been sighted. I ask that Telstra allow this as an alternative to uploading the certificate.
WORKCHOICES NEVER DEAD - ACTU
The same employers who helped design the failed IR Omnibus Bill earlier this year, have today called on the Morrison Government to implement the key elements of the deeply unfair and rejected WorkChoices immediately after the upcoming federal election. In a speech to the ALERA conference, AiGroup have demanded the Government:
Bring back individual agreements (AWAs) that cut workers' pay and rights
Remove most current protections and rights from current awards
Allow employers to use contracting to avoid the safety net and cut penalty rates
Remove rights to meal breaks, predictable start and finish times, guaranteed minimum hours and to require workers to work at any work location
Not content with record low wages growth, more than half of Australian workers without full-time permanent work and record low share of GDP, employers are demanding even more. The Morrison Government needs to empathetically rule out further cuts to workers' rights and instead commit to increasing them to tackle job insecurity. Fat chance!
ACTU LAUNCHES DEMANDS FOR COVID-SAFE WORKPLACES
New guidance for OHS Representatives and union delegates released by the ACTU outlines the changes that will be necessary in all Australian workplaces as lockdowns ease and more people return to work. Reducing transmission of the virus in workplaces is essential to stop the spread, prevent further outbreaks and avoid the hospital system being overwhelmed.
can be found here.
The changes are focussed around two central elements - ventilation and social distancing.
Good ventilation in workplaces is essential to stopping the spread of the virus. Where possible workplaces should open windows or doors, use air-conditioning units to pump fresh air into buildings and use air purifiers to reduce the risk of airborne transmission.
Unions stand ready to work with employers to find solutions to the often complex problems posed by the virus, and to ensure that none of these changes create other, unintended workplace health and safety risks.
Authorised by Dan Dwyer Branch Secretary
CWU Telecommunications & Services Branch, Sydney City, NSW.