Visionstream Communications (formerly Silcar Communications) has formally notified employees that it wishes to enter into bargaining for a new Enterprise Agreement.
The move follows a series of employee briefings held jointly between the CWU and the company with a view to preparing for negotiations.
The company says it wants to work towards eventually creating a single agreement to cover employees currently covered by the Silcar Communications Agreement, which reached its nominal expiry date in November last year and the Visionstream Fieldwork Agreement, which does not reach its expiry date until December 2018.
The two companies involved now form part of a single entity, Ventia, although for the time being they retain their separate names ..and workforces.
These will be challenging negotiations, not least because of differences between the entitlements currently available under the two existing agreements. The CWU will be seeking ongoing input from members as bargaining progresses.
Members are also reminded that the CWU is automatically their bargaining representative unless they explicitly choose otherwise. There is no need for members to fill out the bargaining representative form.