Number 38 12 November 2023
ARE YOU A MEMBER?
We will be providing our weekly bulletin only to members shortly as we review and rebuild our email lists. Past members will not be affected. To join our Branch see the online application page.
LIFE MEMBERS HONOURED
On 4th November 2023, we held an informal function to present Life Member Certificates to 5 members and officials. This is in recognition to their long and valuable service to the CWU and ATEA/ATPOA. See the story.
OPTICAL FIBRE CLASSIFICATIONS
We have commenced proceedings in the Victorian Magistrate's Court seeking that a member in the Optical Fibre Group be paid as a CFW7 or in the alternative CFW5. We are seeking backpay for up to 6 years (the legal limit), interest and penalties. The preliminary proceedings are under way with witness statements already exchanged. A 3 day hearing is set for March next year.
VENTIA SEEKING TO SLASH PAY AND CONDITIONS
Negotiations for a new EBA at Ventia Telecommunications kicked off last week, with CWU bargaining reps outraged at the company's opening position. Ventia's initial bargaining position, if not improved, would cause members' wages to go backwards, in real terms, at a time when it can be least afforded - along with a number of provisions and protections removed from the Agreement.
OPTUS - OH WHAT A CIRCUS
The Optus outage this week caught many by surprise. It was not only the technical failure but the public, business and Government reaction that was surprising. Our dependency on the internet and mobile phones came to the fore. Just as Covid exposed the weakness of supply chains, this failure exposed the weakness of the so called network redundancy provisions.
MORE PAIN FOR OPTUS
Optus has failed to convince the Victorian Court of Appeal that the words "for each day during which the offence continues" had no effect in penalty proceedings. The penalty (Maximum about $10,000) applies for each day that the offence continues. The case related to underpayment of long service leave by Optus.
Authorised by Dan Dwyer Secretary - CWU Telecommunications & Services Branches.