Telstra to outsource fleet roles
Telstra has notified the CWU that it proposes to outsource a number of fleet management roles to an external provider.
The proposal involves outsourcing of billing and credit management functions and would result in a reduction of 53 Telstra jobs and one contractor role.
The CWU met with Telstra on Thursday to seek more information on the proposal. We raised a number of issues relating to future responsibilities for selection of vehicles and arrangements for servicing them. Telstra has told the CWU that responsibility for choice of vehicles will remain with Telstra.
In relation to maintenance, Telstra has subsequently written to the CWU stating that under this proposal Telstra’s existing network of maintenance providers will be maintained, with no loss of coverage (i.e. no extra distances to be travelled for maintenance purposes).
At the meeting the CWU also sought assurances that health and safety responsibilities would be clearly defined in any outsourcing arrangements.
Telstra says that Health and safety requirements and responsibilities will be would be dealt with through the outsourcing contract, with the new provider required to adhere to and ensure compliance with Telstra’s HS&E policies, guidelines and direction. These HS&E requirements would be fully detailed in the contract and be subject to ongoing monitoring.