The CWU has recently received inquiries from members about the correct grading of Telstra employees holding riggers qualifications.
The union understands that a number of employees working as riggers have been upgraded from CFW 3s to CFW 4s on the basis of their having spent a certain amount of time (typically 18-24 months) in the job and holding advanced riggers tickets.
Riggers have been in short supply in the industry in recent years, not least because of the opportunities offered by the mining boom while it was in full swing. So it makes sense for Telstra to offer financial incentives to help retain qualified people.
CWU members with the relevant experience and qualifications who have not been upgraded to CFW 4 should contact their state branch so that the matter can be investigated and representations made.