The CWU met with Telstra on Tuesday 26 April to discuss the impacts of changes to travel time policy on members.
The particular group of members affected by these changes previously worked in Network Construction and are now in CSD Wideband within Service Delivery, working primarily in the Sydney CBD.
Telstra recently conducted a review of the former Network Construction Travel Policy with a view to retiring it and bringing all such payment into line with the Excess Travel Time provisions in the EA.
The CWU successfully argued against that proposal on the basis that the NC arrangements were specifically designed to cover work patterns peculiar to those who move from one location to another on projects ie itinerant workers.
As a result the policy was retained for Networks… but not for CSD Wideband.
The CWU considers that the Wideband employees are in fact itinerant and face particular travel time issues when working around the Sydney CBD.
We remain in discussion with Telstra on the issue.