CWU T&S WEEKLY BULLETIN NO 2019 /
8 JULY 2019
TELSTRA EBA HOOK-UPS
Next Meeting Wednesday 10 July 7.30pm to 8.45pm. The options are:
+ Simply dial in: 02 8015 2088 and enter the Meeting ID 603696714# (no password, enter #)
+ Use your phone app: and enter the Meeting ID 603696714 (no password)
+ Click this link: https://zoom.us/j/603696714 and enter the Meeting ID 603696714 (no password)
TELSTRA EBA - PAY OFFER
(The bulk of the EBA report has been prepared by John Ellery, a member of the negotiating committee) The rather predictable response from Telstra to the 2.5% SBU offer was to indicate that they were prepared to increase the appalling 1.5% offer to 1.8%, applied from Oct 1, 2019 and 1 Oct 2020. At this stage, no sign on bonus, no application of any other bonuses, and no increase to any allowances etc. In the immortal words from "The Castle" movie, tell `em they're dreaming. We need a total re-think and direction change from how we approach this EBA matter, otherwise a substandard set of conditions will be foisted upon this hardworking and very deserving Telstra work force, currently in incredible turmoil due to Telstra Management decisions that are destroying this once great icon of Australia.
TELSTRA EBA - CLAUSE 45
Instead of dealing initially with the response to the pay offer, Telstra proceeded to drop out another version of Clause 45 (Transfer of Business clause) which clearly surprised those on our side of the table. This is despite Darren Fewster clearly indicating that he (ie Telstra) had withdrawn the contentious clause in a Yammer post some months previously (just after the 82% vote no ballot). This clause has major concerns for those members/staff who are possibly "in scope" for a possible asset strip of Telstra, including the InfraCo business unit, and the placement of those members/staff in a wholly owned subsidiary or indeed, just sold off to another group. The response from all the Bargaining reps was to clearly reject this initiative.
The NSW T&S Branch Secretary Dan Dwyer (who is a lawyer) will provide some information on this matter on the hook-up.
EBA - DARREN'S BACKFLIP
Darren Fewster on Clause 45 on 27 February at 4.45pm Yammer:
"Hi .., clause 45 caused too much concern for people, which was not our intention. We took it off the table in entirety months ago. It won't be resurrected in any future discussions to replace the 2015 EA."
EBA - WHERE TO NOW?
If it is the plan for Telstra to re-introduce issues that have been previously agitated, rejected by a no vote, then withdraw them, well maybe the union's approach should be the same about a number of clauses that we have failed to get agreement on. Time will tell. After some considerable discussion, the issue was "parked", (pending further discussions with the unions) and Telstra at the next scheduled meeting. Telstra, however, did indicate when asked, that the cl 45 issue had now become an "integral part" of the EBA for them, even more so than the other rejected issue previously of directing the taking of Long Service Leave. The next programmed EBA meetings are for 9am to 1pm on Tuesday 16 July and Thursday 18 July.
CWU AND MEMBERS MEET WITH OPTUS
Satellite Controllers and Broadcast Satellite members met with Optus at Belrose this week to discuss staffing levels, rosters and classifications. The meeting outcome looked positive with Optus undertaking several reviews and promising an answer within two weeks.
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
0428 942 878
Administrative eg payments, applications, change of details
Authorised by Dan Dwyer Branch Secretary
CWU Telecommunications & Services Branch, Leichhardt, NSW.