IR and employment news 21/10/05

News

IR and employment news 21/10/05

Some recent news on the IR and employment fronts: Telstra to close regional call centres and cut 34 jobs; worker who likes the IR changes is the bosses’ sister; long-term unemployment rises slightly; and the right fit is important when hiring, says survey.

WantToReadMore

Get unlimited access to all of our content.

Some recent news on the IR and employment fronts: Telstra to close regional call centres and cut 34 jobs; worker who likes the IR changes is the bosses’ sister; long-term unemployment rises slightly; and the right fit is important when hiring, says survey.

Telstra to close regional call centres and cut 34 jobs  

Telstra plans to close two more regional call centres with the loss of 34 jobs, says the Communication, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU). 

The CEPU says the Goulburn call centre, where 18 directory assistance jobs will be lost, is scheduled for closure on December 15, ten days before Christmas. Roma in Queensland will lose sixteen permanent jobs. 

Vivette Horrex, CEPU Assistant Secretary said today (Thursday) that Telstra had once more ‘hung up’ on promises to keep regional jobs and services. 

She said the closure showed Telstra holds no loyalty to staff despite the fact that some have over 20 years service with the company.

‘The union and our members on the job believe that the real agenda has been to cut permanent jobs and to outsource the work with lower wages and working conditions,’ Horrex said. 

‘These closures make a mockery of Telstra and the Federal Government’s supposed commitment to rural and regional Australia.’  

Worker who likes the IR changes is the bosses’ sister

A worker who appeared on the front page of the Sydney Daily Telegraph supporting the Federal Government’s IR changes has turned out to be the bosses’ sister.

The UnionsNSW Workers Online website has revealed that Betty Wehbe, whose photo appeared on the paper’s front page, works as a waitress at Parramatta’s Ray & Lou’s Café. 

Ray and Lou’s Café is owned by her brothers and local business identities, Louis, Ray and Joe Wehbe.  

The Telegraph said Betty Wehbe ‘approved of the changes’ and was keen to trade in her holidays for extra money.  

It made no mention of her relationship to her employers. 

When approached to confirm the relationship she would say only: ‘I don’t want anything to do with this.’  

Long-term unemployment rises slightly  

Latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that while seasonally adjusted long-term unemployment rose slightly over the month (up by 3,200 or 3.6%), it remains 22.3% lower than a year ago. 

Long-term unemployment has more than halved (down by 106,000 or 53.6%) since 1996.

Very long-term unemployment (those unemployed for two years or more) continued to decline, by 500 in September, and has now fallen by 62,800 (or 53.9%) since the introduction of Job Network in May 1998. 

The right fit is important when hiring, says survey

Strong technical skills alone will no longer guarantee being hired, rather it is more about how you will ‘fit’ into the business.  

The latest Hudson Report survey says that ‘fit’, and the potential to progress through the business, will count towards career opportunities. 

The national survey of more than 8,000 Australian employers found that a large proportion of organisations are looking beyond competence and hard skills when hiring both new employees and making internal appointments.  

Almost one in two hiring managers (46%) considered organisational fit and the potential to progress further within an organisation to be more important than actual technical competence when hiring new staff.  

This percentage increased to 50% when promoting staff internally.

Matt Dale, Hudson’s national practice leader for talent management, said the research highlights that employers are growing smarter about their people strategies, particularly those involved in selection and promotion.  

‘In today’s skills short market it is crucial for employers to select and retain the ‘right’ staff as they play an integral role in an organisation’s success. More importantly, it is also very expensive to get these decisions wrong,’ said Dale. 

‘Employers need to spend time getting to know a candidate and should avoid the temptation to rush the recruitment process.  

‘It is essential to look beyond a CV and get a sense of the person, what drives them, and how well they’ll fit into the organisational culture and support the organisation’s strategic goals.' 

Related 

Federal IR changes 2005

Report to show soaring demand for employees
 

 

Post details