18
Feb

Members to decide on proposed Optus EPA

Optus has chosen to close out negotiations and formally offer their proposed EPA to employees. Bargaining ended at a time when the Union felt that certain matters of importance to members remained unresolved. As part of its offer, Optus has proposed a wage outcome equal to that of the headline CPI rate against base salaries within current classifications. The Union

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24
Mar

OPTUS TO REPAY THOUSANDS IN UNPAID SUPER FOLLOWING INDEPENDENT AUDIT

In an ongoing audit of employee entitlements, it has been discovered that Optus has short-changed members by thousands in unpaid superannuation entitlements. Discovering an anomaly in their payments systems late last year, National Assistant Secretary James Perkins and National Legal Officer Dahlia Khatab met with senior Optus management who advised that several small discrepancies affecting a small group of workers

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24
May

Optus job axing a major blow to workers

Today’s revelations that Optus is axing 200 jobs from across the country has come as a devastating blow to workers. Optus today announced that it will cut 200 jobs and close 36 stores nationwide as it pulls the plug on its Virgin Mobile brand. CEPU Communications Union National President, Shane Murphy, said the news will hit workers and their families

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19
Apr

Optus EPA 2018 – member survey

The Optus Employee Partnership Agreement will reach its nominal expiry date in November this year. Negotiations for a new Agreement will commence shortly. Determined to secure an Agreement that puts you and your family first, it is vitally important that your views and opinions on this important Agreement that sets your terms and conditions of employment are heard. Please click here to complete

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13
Apr

Union calls for investigation over Optus’ racist job advertisement

The Union representing Optus workers has slammed a racist job advertisement and says an independent investigation and a transparent review of the telco’s hiring policies must follow immediately. CEPU Communications Division National Secretary Greg Rayner said, “That this racist job ad was published is an affront. Optus leadership should provide a full explanation and cooperate with an independent investigation. “Workers and

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12
Apr

Services, jobs at risk as Optus sacks 480 nationwide

The Union has slammed Optus’ plans to sack 480 workers across the country following assurances to staff and customers just last month that job cuts weren’t planned at the telco. Optus went into damage control in March following the release of confidential documents from a secret board meeting in Singapore revealing massive layoffs were planned for April, denying all claims.

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24
Jun

Workers, skills training must be considered in National Broadband Network agreements

The signing of Definitive Agreements between Telstra, NBN Co and the Commonwealth for the rollout of the National Broadband Network is an historic moment for the Australian telecommunications sector but must be accompanied by training for workers and a guarantee of secure jobs. CEPU divisional secretary Cameron Thiele said the NBN was a massive project which would create employment opportunities

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1
Apr

Optus wants NBN operations outsourced

Optus CEO, Paul O’Sullivan, has put forward a number of controversial proposals for the future management and governance of the National Broadband Network (NBN). In line with Optus’ increasing concern that the NBN may become “another lumbering monopoly”, O’Sullivan suggested that its management could be put out to tender either on a national basis or even state-by-state to keep it

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5
Aug

Optus EPA: member consultation begins

The CEPU is seeking the views of its Optus members and other employees as to the content of the next Optus Employee Partnership Agreement (EPA). Although the current Optus EPA does not reach its expiry date until October, the company has begun what it describes as “discussions” with employees about the content of the new agreement.  In correspondence with the

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13
Oct

Optus networks review

Optus has written to the CEPU notifying the Union that it is undertaking a review of the organisational structure of its Networks business unit. The company says the review will examine the unit’s engineering, operations and support functions with a view to ensuring that it can best function to support the company’s core objectives. It is interesting to note that

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