|Issue No 119||16 November 2001|
Primus Deal Marks New Era in Telcos
The first collective agreement in the telecommunications services sector outside Telstra has been hailed as a breakthrough for workers rights.
The CPSU has struck the deal with Primus, the technology partners of the ACTU computer venture Virtual Communities.
The agreement - registered under the federal Workplace Relations Act - includes a four per cent wage increase over 12 months ; increased penalties for shift and weekend work and provision of trade union training leave.
It also creates a new wage and classification system, jump up rates for labour hire staff and conversion of long term casuals to permanent employment.
CPSU state secretary Mal Larsen says the agreement sweats an important benchmark for the CPSU which is organising around bargaining in the sctor.
"At the same time we have made an interim award in the telecommunications industry and are negotiating with the Australian Industry Group for a final award to cover all non Telstra/Optus telecommunications service providers," Larsen says.
Earlier this year concerns were raised at Primus' attitudes toward unions in the context of the Virtual Communities deal.
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