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Telstra workers have 10 days to dob in their boss

Disgruntled Telstra employees who feel they are being pressured to sign AWAs have until 15 February 2007 to put their complaint to the Workplace Ombudsman.

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Disgruntled Telstra employees who feel they are being pressured to sign AWAs have until 15 February 2007 to put their complaint to the Workplace Ombudsman.

Following union complaints that Telstra is targeting 14,000 employees with a re-offered AWA, the Ombudsman’s office has released information on its website about its investigation.

Telstra response

Telstra has retaliated by accusing three unions and the ACTU of misleading Telstra employees about the nature and contents of the AWAs.

Specifically, the Workplace Ombudsman is investigating to determine whether employees of Telstra have been:

  • put under illegitimate pressure to sign AWAs under s400(5) of the WR Act. Depending on the circumstances, ‘illegitimate pressure’ might include justifiably feeling concerned that they could be dismissed from their job, lose conditions of employment and opportunities for promotion or that they would not be rostered to work shifts that attract penalty rates; and/or whether they have been:
  • subjected to false or misleading information (under s401(1) of the WR Act) by the CPSU, the CEPU, APESMA, the ACTU and/or any other party that they relied on to make your decision to either make or not make, approve, lodge, vary or terminate a workplace agreement; and/or if they have been:
  • injured because their conditions of employment are governed by a particular industrial agreement (ie AWA, Award or Collective Agreement). For example, 'injured' may include being overlooked for promotions, directed to complete less favourable work or having their employment terminated.

The Ombudsman says the WR Act also contains protection for employees who have made, or propose to make, any inquiry or complaint to the Workplace Ombudsman. This means that it is unlawful for any person to (or threaten to) dismiss, injure or alter their employment because they have made a complaint to the Workplace Ombudsman.

Discriminated
 
The statement says the Workplace Ombudsman takes such matters very seriously and may initiate proceedings when it finds that an employer has discriminated against employees because they have made a complaint to the Ombudsman.

Making contact

It tells Telstra employees that if they believe that their rights under the WR Act have been breached (either by Telstra, the Unions and/or the ACTU) or they have any information that they think would be of assistance to the investigation, to complete the online form.

Alternatively, they can complete a printable PDF form and return it in the following ways:

Fax: 02 6267 4979;
Email: telstraemployees@wo.gov.au; or
Post: GPO BOX 9887 Melbourne 3000.

 
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