Telstra mini-bid risks jobs, claims ACTU

Telstra mini-bid risks jobs, claims ACTU

Summary: Telstra's submission of what appeared to be a non-compliant National Broadband Network bid put the jobs of its workers at risk, the Australian Council of Trade Unions said today.

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Telstra's submission of what appeared to be a non-compliant National Broadband Network bid put the jobs of its workers at risk, the Australian Council of Trade Unions said today.

"While we are pleased to see that Telstra has heeded the warnings of the ACTU and others about the risks inherent in not bidding for the project, the conditions attached to the bid will prolong the fear and uncertainty for its workforce about their future job security," ACTU assistant secretary Tim Lyons said in a statement.

"This game of chicken with the Government has been unhelpful to all, and has been harmful to workers."

The union group drew a link between Telstra's last-minute decision to bid for the NBN work and the ongoing battle the telco has been fighting with the ACTU and others.

"It would be good to see a similar reversal in the company's stance on industrial relations, and for senior management to renew negotiations with unions for a new enterprise agreement," said Lyons.

He added that "no sensible company" bidded for a national infrastructure project without having industrial relations arrangements in place. "We hope that Telstra will take this opportunity to respect their employees' wish for a union-negotiated agreement."

In contrast with Telstra, the rival Terria broadband consortium has a deal with unions which would see a collective agreement negotiated in the event of Terria winning the Federal Government's $4.7 billion broadband contract.

Topics: NBN, Broadband, Government AU, Telcos, Telstra, IT Employment

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  • Doctor help Delusion persist !!

    Sensible comments right uptil he mentions the union has a deal with Terria !

    You know ,the idiots behind the pretence who DID NOT BID ! Who practically do not exist except on paper as a $8 shelf company !!!
    anonymous
  • well,

    you agree with this particular comment then?

    ""This game of chicken with the Government has been unhelpful to all"

    good to see a telstra boi finally coming round >.<
    anonymous
  • @ well

    Nope.

    1st law business, hell 1st law of nature, protect yourself.

    If your cant assure my safety, then I will respond accordingly. Telstra is the one being threatened.
    anonymous
  • @doctor

    is that you sydney?
    anonymous
  • Serious questions.

    What a shambles the Telstra opponents are showing themselves to be. Now we see the devious plan to claim that the Singtel/Optus bid is from a consortium. Yes a consortium of one.

    Telstra has told all where their finance is coming from its time for others to do the same. I believe the plan may be to drain the Governments $4.7 billion then hit the taxpayer for more to continue the build.

    I am sure Senator Conroy will establish the financial capacity of the bidders to ensure a calamity does not happen as would be the case with a sub-prime NBN bidder.

    By the way what will happen to the thousands of workers signed up for Terria by the unions?
    anonymous
  • Comments on the mini-bid

    Does everyone that writes these comments work for Telstra? Must say the commentary fairly surprisng for 'normal' readers. Is this what the company was spending its time and energy on instead of trying to look after the Australian consumer?
    anonymous
  • Union V Telstra

    I am far too sceptical to believe that any consortium supported by the ACTU would be of benefit to the country in general
    anonymous