The recent wave of redundancies in sections of Telstra has led to a number of queries from members about their rights under the current Enterprise Agreement (EA).
In particular these concern the procedures that apply in cases where redeployment is unlikely.
Last year the CWU was made aware of a number of cases where employees whose positions had been made redundant were terminated before they had been 4 weeks in the Placement Period. The union informed Telstra at the time that we believed this was contrary to the EA provisions –unless the employees concerned had specifically requested the early date.
Members need to be clear that under the EA they cannot be forced to forgo the 4 weeks’ paid time (or 6 weeks’ in the case of site closures) in the Placement Period.
An employee may request early release but and it is then at Telstra’s discretion whether or not to allow that. But there is no provision in the EA for Telstra to terminate you unilaterally before the end of the Placement Period.