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TPG Telecom Group workers to face harder times under proposed real-terms pay cuts

Your Union, the CEPU/CWU, has been engaged in negotiations for a new Enterprise Agreement (EA) for TPG Telecom’s retail, call centre and logistics workers, since late last year.

The EA is the document which sets the pay, terms and conditions of your employment and is renegotiated every few years.

During this round of bargaining, TPG Telecom is proposing a wage outcome that will leave their frontline workers and their families facing significant financial pain.

TPG’s proposed pay outcome is really a pay cut, in real-terms.

Workers know the cost of everything is increasing – from groceries and petrol to clothing, leisure and utilities.

We’re all feeling the pinch. Unfortunately, under TPG’s proposal, there is little relief ahead. Their current proposal is to guarantee a wage increase of just 2% across all workers covered by the EA – with up to 2% more payable at your manager’s discretion based on your performance.

Inflation, the measure to determine the change in spending required for households to maintain a standard of living, is currently running at a rate of 6.1% - and is forecasted to continue to soar. This means, at this very moment, even if management decide that you, individually, are up to scratch to pick up an additional 2%, with the combined 4% increase, this still leaves your family’s finances running at a 2.1% deficit. As inflation continues to rise, the shortfall in your pay packet gets bigger.

But it gets worse. TPG is proposing to include unpopular elements of the current Vodafone EA which will see permanent retail employees who work up to 12 hours after 6pm (or 20 hours on Saturdays), within a 2-week roster cycle, not receive penalty rates for those hours. Casual workers will still be paid penalty rates, but will lose their 25% casual loading.

Whichever way you look at it, if TPG get their way, workers and their families are in for real financial pain as  the cost of living soars, whilst pay races downhill.

Your Union has made it clear to management that the offer doesn’t cut the mustard and TPG has committed to review their proposal and to respond to us within the next two to four weeks.

TPG workers are worth more, and their families deserve better. Together, we can deliver the pay and conditions that TPG workers and their families deserve. We are committed to continue bargaining with management in good faith to secure the very best possible outcome, but we need to be able to get you the most up to date and urgent information as quickly as possible, as negotiations progress.

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