CWU members are telling the union that they are opposed to the changes that Telstra has said it will introduce in the Design area.
On 11 April, Telstra notified the CWU and its employees that it intended to proceed with a restructure which will see the rationalisation of a number of work functions and the outsourcing of a portion of current design work to “industry partners”.
The changes will result in a net loss of 55 jobs.
CWU concerns are focussed on the following questions:
The CWU met with Telstra on these issues on several occasions, most recently on 7 April. While there was agreement on the grading of some roles at that meeting, there was no agreement on the Designer and Appraiser roles. The CWU reserved its position until Telstra had further clarified the scope of these roles in their Success Profiles and the CWU had tested them against the Core Job Descriptions.
The CWU is continuing to meet with members with a view to making further representations to Telstra or, if necessary, taking the matter to the Fair Work Commission.