As you know, we are currently bargaining for your new Enterprise Agreement (EA).
TPG Telecom has developed a draft EA which disregards the claims of workers and looks to slash your pay – putting you and your families further behind. Make no mistake, you will be far worse off than under your current Ready EA.
Areas of concern include:
- Proposed pay increases only 2% to the base rates of pay contained within the EA
Not only does this translate to a pay cut in real terms, it only increases the base rate of pay and if you’re on a salary higher than the EA base rate, then you receive NO INCREASE at all!
- No Increase in Redundancy
TPG’s redundancy benefits are some of the lowest across the industry. They also have removed the $5,000 gross ex-gratia payment in recognition of 10+ years’ service.
- Increase to the span of ‘ordinary hours’
TPG is attempting to expand the window of ordinary hours of duty. Penalty rates will no longer be payable if any part of your shift falls within the hours of 7am-11pm Monday to Friday, 7am-7pm Saturday or 9am-6pm Sunday – further reducing your take-home pay.
- Reduction to overtime rates
Another cut to your pay by reducing overtime rates to 130% of the base rate of pay (not your actual pay level) for the first two hours, and then 175% for any hours worked after that.
Industry standards are 150% of actual pay for the first three hours, then 200% for any hours worked after that. On Sundays, 200% and public holidays, 250%.
- Ability to stand you down, without pay, for any reason they have no control over.
TPG is proposing a clause that allows them to stand you down, without pay, due to reasons such as a power outage, eg. the recent Tasmanian internet crash.
The cost of living is increasing alarmingly – groceries, petrol, clothing. TPG has profited healthily throughout the pandemic and shouldn’t be looking to slash workers’ pay. The ASU will continue negotiating for a better deal.
We can only deliver the outcomes workers deserve by sticking together. Talk to your colleagues about the importance of union membership and ask them to Join the ASU via https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin
For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Karen Tantari | 0472 512 484 | firstname.lastname@example.org