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2018-04-26

EBA2018

EBA2018 - is Telstra showing their hand?

Thank you for taking the time to complete our EBA2018 member survey. We received a massive number of returns and are still in the process of breaking down those results to share with you.

However, there is one thing that is certain — this Enterprise Agreement is incredibly important to you and your family and members are concerned with how fair Telstra will play during this round of bargaining.

And we think you're justified in your concerns. Through Monday’s long service leave proposal, it is clear that Telstra are giving us a sneak peak at the hand they intend to play.

Telstra is far from being short of a buck - let alone $700 million in long service leave liabilities.

In his 16 February letter to shareholders, CEO and Managing Director Andy Penn said:

  1. Telstra has increased subscriber numbers on both mobile and fixed lines;
  2. Total income was up 5.9%; and
  3. Telstra will pay $1.3 billion in first half dividends to its shareholders.

There's only one way to keep Telstra from attacking the rest of your hard-won benefits and conditions this round of EBA talks — we need to stick together in numbers.

Strength in numbers is the only way we're going to keep Telstra's hands off your long service leave, your redundancy agreement, your RDOs, your choice of employment stream and your pay rise.

Your Officials will be out on the ground over the coming weeks speaking to workers and encouraging them to become Union members. But, I’m relying on each and every one of you to speak to your colleagues and encourage them to join the CEPU/CWU, if they aren't already members, to ensure we are placed in the best possible position to secure a new Agreement that delivers for you and your family.

If you require any further information or assistance, please contact your State Branch Official.

   

   Yours faithfully,

 gr

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