TECHNICAL AND SERVICES BRANCH WEEKLY BULLETIN 2023
25 June 2023
POST AUTHORISED DAY 2023
Aus Post has advised as follows:
Last year we nominated Wed 17 Aug as the Authorised Day. We are proposing to nominate a similar date being Wed 23 August as the Authorised Day for this year. Following years of engagement, the vast majority of our team members have opted to take a day of annual leave in lieu of the Authorised Day. There are approximately 859 team members have elected to take the nominated Authorised Day. In line with previous years, our team members in NSW have the option to submit their preference for the Authorised Day in line with Clause 29.1(c)(i) of the EBA if they provide us with at least four weeks' notice and we will write to them accordingly.
ACTU WELCOMES NEW NATIONAL REGISTRY FOR RESPIRATORY DISEASES
The Albanese Government has introduced legislation that will capture, record and share the causes of deadly occupational respiratory diseases like silicosis. The National Occupational Respiratory Disease Registry Bill 2023 establishes a national registry for reporting of all occupational respiratory diseases, with the reporting of silicosis to be mandatory.
The national registry will aid in the detection of new and emerging threats to workers respiratory health, by monitoring trends and assisting in targeted intervention and prevention strategies.
MIRAIT PAY REVIEW
Mirait Technologies have advised of their pay proposal for this year in line with the EBA Agreement. They stated:
As you would recall, Clause 16.2 (d) of our 2022 Telco Enterprise Agreement requires MTA to provide a high-level summary to the Union on annual wage increases. As a reminder, the EA states:
Annual increases are to take effect as of the first pay period to commence after 1 July;
All EA covered employees are to receive a minimum increase of 1%; and
EA rates will increase by a maximum of 2.5% per year.
After much consideration, we have decided to give all employees covered by the aforementioned Agreement an increase of 4% - irrespective of whether they are currently equal to or higher than their relevant EA rate
PAY SECRECY - ACTU REPORT
Pay secrecy is when workers are banned from talking about how much they earn with their coworkers, or from asking others about their pay. It means that in workplaces where some workers are paid less than others for the same job, they often don't know about it - or if they do, they can't act without repercussions.
Pay secrecy can lead to serious inequality at work and is a big contribution to Australia's gender pay gap. But all that is changing, thanks to a suite of new laws won by union members!
So what was the law before these changes? And what's new? Previously, your boss could direct you to keep your wages secret. But these new rights empower workers to talk about their wages.
These new laws are the final step in a long campaign by unions to ensure that all workers not only have the right to freely discuss wages, but are empowered to challenge pay discrimination and wage inequality in their workplaces. So speak up! Reach out to your coworkers so you can back yourselves when negotiating for pay rises and fair wages.
Authorised by Dan Dwyer Assistant Secretary, Sue Riley Secretary
- CWU Telecommunications & Services Branches.