Telstra Management have decided to put their proposed EBA up for a vote by employees. This unprecedented action has brought all negotiations to a halt.
The major issues facing all employees are the following:
Redundancy - is this protected in this Agreement?
NO definitely NOT. The main concern is the fact that Telstra has indicated that in a case of finding suitable employment in another business or company that Telstra has the right to transfer you into a position in this company and if you refuse it is recognised as you having resigned - NO Redundancy.
Telstra will guarantee the current EBA to transfer across with you, however, on expiry of the EBA the new company could negotiate a completely new EBA and thereby cutting your current conditions.
1.5% Pay offer - is this a good deal?
This is less than the current inflation rate!! The Governor of the Reserve Bank recently stated that the economy is struggling due to workers wages flatlining and falling behind. Every worker feels this when they visit the supermarket or the petrol bowser.
Job Family and other Employees - are these employees affected?
These employees, Job Family, expired AWA's and ITEA's are not guaranteed a pay rise at all - but even worse is the fact that there is only 1.5% to be shared amongst the teams. This is half of what has been the case for the past 3-years.
Bonuses and STI's schemes - removed from the EBA
Telstra wants to move these incentives into policy whereby they can control it. If they do not wish to pay any bonus then all they have to do is to change the policy. Before this it was in the EBA and could not be change on a whim from management
This is the time to stand together and send management a clear and resounding message -
THIS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR US!!!
Authorised by Alex Jansen State Secretary
CWU Telecommunications & Services Branch