The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will re-issue notifications of employee bargaining rights (the first formal step in EA negotiations) in relation to a new EA.
The move is necessary because of a technical error back in 2014 when the current round of negotiations began. A recent Fair Work Commission decision in relation to another set of negotiations means that ACMA needs to re-start its process to comply with the Fair Work Act.
This is the latest twist in a long-running saga that has meant an effective pay freeze for ACMA employees for more than two years. Fortunately, however, it will not have any significant effect on negotiations. It is federal government policy that is standing in the way of a new EA, not the Fair Work Act.
CWU do not need to take any action in response to the new notifications. The CWU is already and will continue to be your bargaining agent.