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  Issue No 38 Official Organ of LaborNet 05 November 1999  





Workers to Use AGM to Call Telstra to Account

Unions are asking workers who hold Telstra shares to let them act at their proxy at this week's Annual General Meeting to raise critical issues about employment conditions.

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and the Communications Workers Union (CEPU) will both have representatives at the meeting, scheduled for 1.30pm November 12, who will speak on behalf of staff shareholders.

CPSU official Stephen Jones says because the AGM is held during working hours, many staff will be unable to attend.

"We have a real interest in the important decisions made by this company," Jones says.

"It is a great opportunity to ensure that the voice of shareholders who are union members or concerned citizens is heard at the meeting."

Key issues include:

* Telstra shareholders are being asked to endorse a decision to increase the directors fees by $400,000 per annum at the same time as it is proposing that staff reduce the salaries for classifications in its call centre workforce.

* Telstra management have also made public their support for full privatisation of the company but refuse to guarantee maternity leave and superannuation benefits for its employees covered by Commonwealth Legislation if full privatisation occurs.

The CEPU has also voiced concern about Telstra management's decision to end union payroll deductions.

How to Direct Your Proxy

All you need to do is fill in the Shareholder Proxy Form which you would have received with your notice of meeting.

* To be represented by the CPSU at the meeting fill in the form as follows:

Wendy Caird

CPSU - PSU Group National Secretary

Level 5, 191 Thomas Street


Make sure you send the original to Telstra by Wednesday 10 November, and a copy to the union at this address.

or email: [email protected]

CEPU members can contact Jim Claven on 039 3492900


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