Number 39 15 November 2022
BRANCH AMALGAMATION APPROVED
The FWC has approved the rules to amalgamate the NSW and Vic T&S Branches as of 24 Oct 2022. We are now just the T&S Branch. More details next week.
ALP LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE PAY
Some of the largest, most profitable corporations in Australia (many of whom pay $0 in corporate tax) are trying to stop the Albanese Government's new Secure Jobs Better Pay laws. The proposed Secure Jobs Better Pay laws will help ease the cost-of-living crisis by allowing workers to fairly negotiate pay rises.
VENTIA AGREED TO HALT RESTRUCTURE FOLLOWING UNION INTERVENTION
On 2 November 2022, Ventia announced changes to its Network Operations & Assurance / NIFM team, that would result in a reduction of 11 roles.
This disgraceful action by Ventia does not even get close to constituting with genuine consultation.
The Union appealed for Ventia to extend the period, with nothing but push back from the company. Clearly, their action was prearranged and their intentions to `consult' is just lip service.
The Union has therefore made an application to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for an urgent hearing. The hearing has been granted and will occur next Thursday, 10 November. As a result, Ventia have committed to not making any irreversible decisions on this matter until the FWC has heard the matter.
This should hopefully provide some comfort to impacted members who can now consider their options, outside of a pressure cooker environment.
NBN JOBS IN NSW
NBN is recruiting in the bush.
THIRD-YEAR CPI WAGE INCREASE SECURED AT NBN OUTSIDE OF BARGAINING
As members are aware, despite significant improvements being won by the Union through the bargaining process, we could not overlook what we saw as overwhelming shortcomings associated with nbn's pay and remuneration offer as part of EBA negotiations.
TPG EBA VOTED UP
The ballot was conducted by TPG, The participation rate was 60%. Some 68% of those who voted, voting yes. The EBA will not go to the FWC for approval and certification.
RETIRED TELECOM WORKERS XMAS PARTY
Just to let you know, the Retired Telecommunications Employees Association is having its 2023 Xmas Party on the 17 Nov 2022 at the Petersham RSL. Contact by text message to 0417 238 687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Authorised by Dan Dwyer NSW Secretary, Sue Riley Vic Secretary - CWU Telecommunications & Services Branches.