Number 23 3 July 2022
TELSTRA ARL PROCESS FLAWED
A member applied for 1 day of annual leave this last week- over 3 week's notice - only to receive an email from "do not reply". The email did not identify the decision maker or any reason - The email was very helpful. It stated: Your Request: For Annual Leave is DECLINED
We have written to Telstra seeking the name of the decision maker so that we can challenge the decision. More next week.
TELSTRA T25 REDUNDANCIES - INFRACO AND GBS
Telstra has advised of a number of redundancies. They explain that the changes are not part of the T22 program - the reductions in T22 are complete. The proposed changes are due to specific work scaling down as customers transition to the NBN Network as well as the changing needs of our infrastructure businesses as we move into T25. Staff have been briefed on the changes.
If you are affected and/or you have any problems with this process, please contact us asap. Discussions are planned with Telstra.
On Friday TPG released an updated draft of the EBA. This includes a number of changes arising from consultation with unions and representatives. This is not an agreed document. TPG has not agreed to all the changes sought by unions and representatives. Negotiations will continue. Your feedback is welcome.
NATIONAL WAGE CASE
From 1 July, those members on Award rates will have a 4.6% pay increase. Watch your pay packet for the increases and contact us if there is a problem.
This week we celebrate 30 years of the Superannuation Guarantee Legislation - a landmark achievement by the ACTU in collaboration with the Hawke Government to protect and preserve retirement rights while also increasing the compulsory employer contribution rate to 9%.
Though we may be used to superannuation now, only 29% of workers received super prior to this campaign win in 1992. This was by no means an easy win, but a decades-long, uphill battle met with fierce opposition from businesses and the Liberal Party.
The truth is that the fight for super actually began over a century ago. So, let's take a walk down memory lane and see how we got here...
The union movement has been campaigning for retirement funds as far back as 1888, with the establishment of the Ballarat Worn-Out Miners' Superannuation Fund. With those foundations laid, union members took leaps in the 1930s - even striking for six weeks in NSW - to eventually win an industry-wide pension.
The 1960s saw the first steps of superannuation as we know it today, when waterside union members fought a long and hard battle to win employer-paid retirement income and established what would eventually come to be known as Maritime Super, Australia's oldest industry super fund
The 1960s saw the first steps of superannuation as we know it today, when waterside union members fought a long and hard battle to win employer-paid retirement income and established what would eventually come to be known as Maritime Super, Australia's oldest industry super fund.
These grassroots movements launched a nationally coordinated campaign where union members took industrial action and bargained for dignity and security in retirement. This culminated in the introduction of Superannuation Guarantee Legislation in 1992, ultimately seeing many more Australian workers entitled to retirement contributions. Thirty years on, we remember the determination of unions to fight for this right.
Strides made, but still a long way to go
Super is a protected right, but the system is still far from perfect. We routinely see workers robbed of their super - which constitutes wage theft. The ATO is supposed to prevent super-theft but unfortunately, they have shown they're unable to stop the alarming and massive scale of super-theft by employers.
Class disparities are also reflected in this flawed system. Tax concessions consistently benefit the rich, while First Nations people continue to retire with much, much less. Women also retire with a lot less than their male counterparts.
These are urgent problems that the union movement will continue to fight.
On the 30thanniversary of the legislation, we are also seeing some positive changes to our super won by union campaigns.
The contribution guarantee is increasing to 10.5% and the $450 threshold on earning super is being removed for ongoing employees over the age of 18.
Changes like these accumulate over time to make a world of difference for retiring workers.
The Australian union movement played an integral role to win superannuation and a pathway to a dignified retirement as a universal workplace right. No worker should retire into poverty, and superannuation is a critical part of ensuring every worker maintains their standard of living in retirement.
Today, we celebrate how far we've come, recognise how far we need to go, and honour the right for all Australians to retire with safety and dignity.
Authorised by Dan Dwyer NSW Secretary, Sue Riley Vic Secretary - CWU Telecommunications & Services Branches.