|Issue No 118||02 November 2001|
Some Good News in Orange Squeeze
Swift action the by the CPSU has saved jobs and improved redundancy payments for over 300 workers caught by the corporate shakeout at Orange telecommunication this week.
Following an Industrial Relations Commission hearing on Thursday, Orange have agreed to a voluntary redundancy process and will now call for expressions of interest from staff when redundancies are unavoidable.
Orange have also agreed to try and find positions for displaced staff in other parts of their ongoing operation.
The union secured better than expected redundancy and notice payments for staff as well as a commitment to pay staff all monies owed on the date of departure, not months later.
CPSU spokesperson Stephen Jones said, "It goes without saying that we would have preferred fewer jobs disappearing, but it seems the tech sector is still in shake-out mode. On the positive side we have been able to ensure these workers are leaving with a few extra dollars in their pocket."
Orange has also agreed to meet with unions at least 2 weeks before any new redundancy announcements to considering union proposals for minimising job losses.
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