Number 25 16 July 2023
OPTICAL FIBRE CLASSIFICATION
Last week we participated in a Court mediation with Telstra to resolve our claim re the upgrading of an Optical Fibre member. We are seeking PTO5 or PTO7. The matter could not be resolved. It will now be programmed for a hearing before the Court later this year.
TELSTRA STARLINK WORK
Telstra has announced a deal with Starlink to provide broadband connections to mainly regional customers. It is expected to be a growth area for Telstra. Telstra is effectively a retailer of the Starlink internet product. Some 300 field technical staff have been trained so far. As installation occurs at customer's premises, working at heights is a relevant safety issue, and is addressed in the training.
STARLINK IN OPERATION
Starlink is owned by Elon Musk's companies and associated with SpaceX. It will involve thousands of low orbit satellites which communicate with Starlink ground stations. Customers are connected to the Starlink earth stations via radio links. The usual connection is a panel aerial on the customers premises. Speeds available, according to Starlink are up to 100mbps. Telstra will install the aerial and associated black boxes.
TELSTRA DRIVER BEHAVIOUR
Telstra is undertaking a review aimed at improving patterns of behaviour by Telstra drivers. Telstra talks about "conversations" with employees who have a pattern of behaviour that conflicts with Telstra "values". Telstra already has a number of "exception" reports - basically flags when speeding, out of area etc. So it is a concern when we think about the motive behind this new initiative. Notwithstanding, take care with your safety.
SPF PTO7 JOBS TO BE READVERTISED
Given the confusion we reported last week, Post has taken corrective action. Their response stated:
TELSTRA REMOTE LOCALITIES CHANGES
Following consultation, we have been advised of proposed changes to remote conditions. The Telstra advice stated:
DISTRICT ALLOWANCE RATES
Local Current DA Proposed DA Current DA Proposed DA Grade (With dependent With dependent W/o dependent W/o dependent 1 $9,029 $11,989 $5,585 $7,415 2 $6,135 $ 8,146 $3,487 $4,630 3 $4,529 $ 6,013 $2,474 $3,285 4 $1,853 $ 2,461 $ 993 $1,318NEW SOUTH WALES
Locality State Current Grade Proposed Grade New Grade vs Old Hay (NSW) NSW 4 3 Higher Cobar NSW 4 2 Higher Condobolin NSW 4 2 Higher Jindabyne NSW N/A 4 Higher Nyngan NSW 4 2 Higher Broken Hill NSW 4 4 No Change Coonabarabran NSW 4 4 No Change Moree NSW 4 4 No Change Narrabri NSW 4 4 No Change
OPTUS SHIFT CONTROLLERS
We recently exercised our Right of Entry powers to visit the Optus Belrose site to investigate a suspected breach of the EBA. We were able to interview staff on the job and ask various questions. After the visit, we wrote to Optus seeking a meeting to discuss the failure to pay staff for shift handover time. Our letter stated:
Authorised by Dan Dwyer Secretary - CWU Telecommunications & Services Branches.