Monthly Archives May 2013

Media Alert: Union calls for Telstra fund for future NBN asbestos victims

The Union representing NBN technicians is calling for Telstra to set up a James Hardie-style fund to pay for the care and treatment of future asbestos disease victims caused by poor asbestos management on the NBN project. CEPU NSW Assistant Secretary Shane Murphy said the union was calling on Telstra to set up a register for all workers who have been exposed to asbestos while working on the Telstra network. Telstra must also provide training and certification in asbestos handling to all workers and contractors working on asbestos sites, said Mr Murphy. The telco also needs to set up a
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Asbestos in Telstra pits: Asst. Sec. Shane Murphy on 2GB

CEPU Assistant Secretary Shane Murphy spoke with Ray Hadley on 2GB this morning regarding the alarming practices taking place across the country by Telstra and its contractors when working with Telstra pits that contain Asbestos. All CEPU Telstra and sub-contractor members are advised to contact the Union office on (02) 9893 7822 if they have any concerns with regards to training in the handling of Asbestos or if they witness any unsafe work practices involving the removal or handling of Asbestos within Telstra infrastructure. Click below to listen to the interview: Shane Murphy – Ray Hadley Show 2GB 29 May
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When your Union talks, Post listens – FAS freeze dropped!

As you are aware, your Union issued a statement recently advising members of your NSW/ACT, Qld, SA/NT and Tas Branches’ decision in not supporting the Fas freeze in EBA8. This decision was assisted given the overwhelming feedback received from members unequivocally opposed to Australia Post’s proposal to freeze the Final Average Salary (FAS) for defined benefit superannuation purposes for the duration of a new EBA8. Following this announcement by your state branches – Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour has today revised the EBA8 offer by ditching the FAS freeze on defined super benefit. Post’s revised EBA8 offer Australia Post’s revised
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Post’s EBA8 Offer – NSW/ACT,Qld,WA,SA/NT,Tas will not support FAS freeze

Over the past few days members have had an opportunity to provide their feedback to their Union and also during workplace briefings by management on the Australia Post EBA8 offer made to the Union. The feedback received by members has been overwhelming and we would like to acknowledge all those members who have taken the time to share their views with us. Where members say in general – the EBA8 offer meets the mark The general feedback from members say the EBA8 offer meets the mark in the following areas: Protection of all existing Award entitlements and the RRR Agreement
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Post and Unions working towards finalising EBA8

Negotiations for finalising a new EBA8 progressed well into Wednesday evening this week involving your senior Union officials and Australia Post Management representatives, including CEO Ahmed Fahour. Prior to the conclusion of Wednesday’s talks – Australia Post proposed an improved but final EBA8 offer which has resulted in the commitment by Post and the Unions working towards finalising the new EBA8 package. Members need to note that any new EBA8 package is subject to consultation and a vote in support by the workforce. Key features of Post’s EBA8 offer are: A new back to back EBA8 continuing on from EBA7
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14 Day Card – Union position reiterated

The CEPU have been made aware that Telstra Managers are out there hotly pushing the uptake of the handing out of the 14 Day Card. Telstra members are reminded they are NOT obligated to convert themselves into mobile Telstra call centre by handing out the 14 Day Card and taking calls via a Tippit number directly to there mobiles. Some members who attempted the 14 Day card process and have since ceased using it, have reported to still receiving calls directly from customers after working hours whilst sitting at the dinner table with there families. The Union has been made
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EBA8: Negotiations continue – summit Wednesday

All members are advised that negotiations are continuing with Australia Post at the most senior level of the Corporation to reach an “in principle” new EBA8. Any “in principle” new EBA8 will be required to be supported or rejected by a majority of employees covered by the Agreement as a legal requirement under the Fair Work Act 2009. Further discussions are planned with Australia Post and the relevant Unions being the CEPU and CPSU this coming Wednesday 15 May 2013 in Sydney. Your Union continues to advance member claims for reaching a new EBA8 with Australia Post consistent with amongst
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