‘Absolute rort’ – Union slams NBN Co for splashing $78 million in senior bonuses while leaving workers unpaid and Australians without basic internet

The union representing NBN Co workers says it’s disgusting that the NBN Co has handed out $78 million in bonuses to its most senior employees during the last 6 months of the pandemic, whilst workers are having their pay cut and in many cases, going unpaid, and Australians are left without basic internet.

The union is calling for the Federal Government to intervene in NBN Co to stop exorbitant bonuses and scrap the pyramid contracting scheme it’s using to deliver the project.

CEPU Communications Union National President Shane Murphy said “The reports today that NBN Co is dishing out millions of dollars in bonus payments to their most senior employees is outrageous. “While the bosses get millions in bonuses on top of already exorbitant pay, technicians are having their pay cut and are struggling to get their invoices paid whilst thousands of customers are still being left with shonky internet connections.

“This shows NBN Co’s utter contempt for their customers and their workers on the frontline.

“This is totally un-Australian and unethical.”

The revelations today come just months after it was revealed in the Sydney Morning Herald that more than three-quarters of its workforce are earning six-figure salaries.

“The NBN Co axed hundreds of jobs in 2020, and at the same time was dishing out millions in bonuses to its most senior employees already on six figure salaries. It’s a joke.

“We need the Federal Government to intervene immediately and put a stop to these bonus payments and instead focus on getting their job right – delivering an effective internet connection to Australian homes and businesses.

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