Number 1 16 January 2022
TELSTRA - SE CONSTRUCTION
This matter is set down for a 4 day hearing commencing 1 March. We have 20 witnesses and are preparing to file our case this week. Telstra is also expected to have several witnesses. Hence we have been very busy. The dispute is about Telstra's ability to direct staff to work shiftwork, including 12 hour shifts.
We have some progress with the EBA with Mirait agreeing to consult each year over the review of wages. Otherwise there is no progress. Mirait is going to have another ballot with a slightly improved pay offer. Given the lack of a suitable guaranteed pay increase we cannot support the EBA proposal. The consultation clause says:
We have had a number of meetings now with Optus to develop a new EBA. We have agreed on many issues but two of the most important matters are unresolved. They are the lack of a guaranteed pay increase each year and the new Optus proposal to be able to direct you to take leave at Xmas and other times, and to simply reduce your leave. WE will probably have a final position this week. Optus wish to go to a vote in early February.
TPG is proposing to commence bargaining in February. WE will shortly arrange for a hook-up of members to discuss out position and claims.
ANNUAL LEAVE - THE BIG PICTURE
ABC News recently carried the following story (extracts only):
ANNUAL LEAVE UNDER ATTACK - HISTORY
Annual leave for employees began in Australia in 1935 when the Printers Union won one week of paid leave. Four weeks paid leave began in 1974, again achieved by the union movement. But while most workers get holiday leave, an increasing number of casual and contract workers are missing out. Some estimate that up to a quarter of the workforce now miss out on paid holidays.
COVID AGAIN - ACTU
A lot of people have been contacting us regarding their employer insisting they turn up to work when they are either sick with COVID, or symptomatic and cannot access a test to prove they have COVID. These are your rights in this situation:
ACTU - WORKERS FORCED TO WORK WITH COVID
Woolworths continues to turn a blind eye as one of its major suppliers, Teys Australia, forces its workforce at its abattoir in South Australia to turn up for work even though they are infected with the Covid virus. These infected workers are working, under duress, in the same facility as negative workers, using the same bathrooms and working in the same common areas, required to wear coloured hairnets to indicate their Covid infection status.
Authorised by Dan Dwyer NSW Secretary, Sue Riley Vic Secretary - CWU Telecommunications & Services Branches.