The CWU met with Telstra on 12 November to discuss the possibility of creating a single pay and classification structure in Telstra.
As Telstra members will know, this was one of the unresolved issues during the last Enterprise Agreement negotiations during 2012.
Telstra has for many years wanted to have all its employees covered by its Job Family pay and classification system.
The CWU’s members have always clearly said that they want to be employed under the union-negotiated Workstream system, not least because it gives managers much less say over individual employees’ pay rates.
Although we could not reach any agreement on these questions last time, the unions did agree in the EA to continue discussing the issue. With the next round of EA negotiations due to start at the end of April next year, the CWU approached Telstra with a view to at least opening up the question again.
The meeting on 12 November was a preliminary one and will be followed up when both parties have had a chance to review all the material and positions put forward last time round. It is anticipated that a further meeting will be held towards the end of the month.
Members will be kept informed of the progress of these discussions.