News

21
Jul

Telstra’s secret IR documents

Telstra management’s secret IR strategy reveals unethical treatment of workers: unions call for talks Official company documents revealed today show a secret strategy used by Telstra management to get 15,000 employees onto Australian Workplace Agreements ahead of a ban on them which came into force in March.   The secret training kit obtained by a newspaper lays out a plan

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20
Jul

Stamp out the FND virus

CEPU BANS THREAT TO MEMBER HEALTH & SAFETY The CEPU’s highest decision-making body – the Divisional Conference – has taken an important decision to ban member co-operation with Australia Post’s Facility Nominated Doctor process. Independent bodies such as the Australian Industrial Relations Commission previously ruled that the process was improper – it stopped the previous FND plan dead in its

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19
Jul

Deputy PM questions Telstra’s actions

The Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has questioned Telstra’s decision to pull out of EA talks with the unions – and also questioned Telstra’s claim that their tender for the NBN project might be affected by a collective agreement.  “The National Code and Guidelines for the Construction Industry do not in any way prevent a company subject to their operation

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19
Jul

Rub your eyes – it’s true

Yesterday, Telstra decided it didn’t want to talk to the unions anymore about an enterprise agreement affecting up to 32,000 employees.A day later – after saying they would no longer talk – Telstra’s HR managers launched a website called “Now We’re Talking.” Now, that is “irony”… Just when you thought things couldn’t get more bizarre, Telstra prove that in their

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18
Jul

Telstra walks away: a member’s view

The email below was written by a new member.  This member took their concerns about Telstra’s bizarre actions straight to Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard.  We don’t need to editorialise about the corporation’s actions – here’s a view straight from an employee’s perspective: Dear Julia,   My name is (J) and I write to comment in relation to Telstra Corp

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18
Jul

Telstra: improving the relationship is vital

There’s been a lot of drama mixed in with specially coded words following Telstra’s HR managers decided to steer the EA talks towards a brick wall.Telstra managers are wandering the country claiming we want to push agreements that they describe as “illegal” and are “side agreements” that threaten their ability to secure the NBN contract. The Deputy Prime Minister knocked

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17
Jul

Telstra backs off from EBA talks: denies choice to employees

The move by Telstra HR managers to call off  Enterprise Agreement talks puts at risk the future pay and job conditions of around 32,000 Telstra workers. Telstra workers should be very disappointed with the approach being taken by the company’s Human Resources managers. Calling off talks at such an early stage of negotiations is not at all helpful. In fact

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13
Jul

Telstra EBA update

Real risks to your conditions Telstra management has once again raised the prospect of dividing employees into “Part A” and “Part B” groups. You may recall Telstra attempted to roll out an agreement with “Part A” and “Part B” to call centre employees in November 2007. Employees overwhelmingly voted to reject the agreement because it significantly reduced conditions. The Draft

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7
Jul

Underwood safety concerns attract media attention

The Brisbane Times has picked up on the safety concerns of employees at the Underwood Mail Centre. On the eve of an AIRC hearing into union objections about the way management has responded to these concerns, the Brisbane Times has detailed the legitimate fears that employees have for their safety. The full article can be found here: “Mail powder sparks

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7
Jul

Post’s safety snub at Underwood (Qld) mail centre sparks AIRC dispute

We previously reported on the action taken by workers at QLD’s Underwood Mail Centre, emailing key stakeholders in Post and the Federal Government, exposing serious safety concerns and the bad management practices that exist in the workplace. Despite many attempts to get to the bottom of safety concerns raised by employees at Underwood, Australia Post has failed to provide any

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