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Telstra says any pay deal it has proposed to employees is aimed at protecting what it calls its "industry-leading terms and conditions" in order that it can provide certainty "over a period of significant change".

The company was responding to claims by the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union that it was forcing employees who would not be affected by sackings, announced in June as part of its new Telstra2022 strategy, to take a cut in their take-home pay.

The union also accused Telstra of walking away from negotiations, but iTWire understands that all issues raised have been negotiated.

Steve Carey, Telstra's general manager, Media and Creative Services, told iTWire in response to queries that the firm was a leader in the industry when it came to pay and other terms and conditions compared to its competitors.

"We have proposed a pay increase of 4.5% over the next three-year period. This includes a guaranteed pay pool of 1.5% this year (and again in both 2019 and 2020)," Carey said.

"While the pay proposal is less than what Telstra employees have seen historically, importantly we are protecting our industry-leading terms and conditions to provide certainty over a period of significant change.

"Since we started negotiations, we confirmed we are seeking minimal change and intend to protect our terms and conditions including 80-week redundancy cap; full-time hours of work at 36.75 per week; leave entitlements, including sick and carer’s leave at 15 days/year, the Telstra Additional Day, Family and Domestic Violence Leave and an ongoing commitment to flexible work arrangements."

Carey said the company also offered incentive-based pay, with most employees under the enterprise agreement eligible for annual bonuses between 6% and 12.5% of what they were usually paid.

"Telstra’s current EA and the proposed EA include strong protections around redundancy. We are committed to supporting our workforce through this period of change, including redeploying people where possible," Carey said.

"The proposed EA specifically states that Telstra will consider voluntary measures (such as requests for voluntary redundancies and voluntary swaps) in order to mitigate the effect of redundancies."

He said the company had now asked employees to vote on the proposed pay agreement between Monday and Friday.


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