|Issue No 109
|31 August 2001
Award Win For Telco Workers
Decent pay and better employment conditions moved one step closer for tens of thousands of Australian telecommunications workers, with a successful union bid to establish an industry award.
The industry award case was instigated by the CPSU who recently secured redundancy entitlements for One.Tel workers following the company's spectacular demise.
The Industrial Relations Commission decision handed down in Sydney today has been welcomed by telecommunications workers. It delivers the prospect of an industry-wide safety net for the first time.
CPSU National Secretary, Wendy Caird said, "This is an important step in delivering real improvements for people in this new industry. The One.Tel experience demonstrated clearly how vulnerable these workers are. It also demonstrated how unions like the CPSU can make a positive difference."
"This decision recognises the groundswell of support for unions amongst employees in companies such as Vodafone, Primus, Orange and AAPT," added Ms Caird.
As a first priority, unions will move quickly to gain an interim redundancy award for the whole industry, to protect workers caught in One.Tel style collapses. Following this, unions will commence negotiations for a comprehensive industry award.
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