CEPU Communications Union National President, Shane Murphy, says the decision by Telstra is a big win for workers and Telstra customers and encouraged all Australian businesses to “step up during this time of crisis”.
As reported by iTWire last Friday, Telstra CEO Andy Penn has announced that the telco would put on hold any further job cuts for the next six months, adding that its program to cut 8000 jobs in total by 2022 to reduce underlying fixed costs by $2.5 billion would continue as usual.
Welcoming the decision by Telstra, Murphy said the union has been in discussions with Telstra to navigate through this “uncharted territory, in an effort to reduce the risk of infection to workers whilst also protecting their jobs”.
“As a result, Telstra has now confirmed, among other things, that all job cuts planned for the next six months as part of the T22 process will no longer proceed.
“We commend Telstra for their decision to put off T22 job reductions that were planned for the next six months. This means that workers can focus on their work and their health, rather than worrying if they were next on the list to lose their job.
“This isn’t just good news for workers, but also for Telstra customers who are more reliant than ever on Telstra being able to deliver a quality service.
“We know the quality of the Telstra service has been compromised as a result of the huge job cuts across the board at the telco, so it’s good to know that for now at least, Telstra’s experienced and dedicated workforce will be able to focus on doing what they do best – delivering a service for the people of Australia.”
Murphy said that, “in addition to the concessional pandemic leave policy which provides workers with special leave if required to self-isolate or quarantine, we’ve also secured other leave incentives for Telstra workers.”
“In addition to this, all eligible employees who are currently working from home, will continue to work from home through to a new date of at least 20 April.
“We’re proud to have achieved these important wins for our members at Telstra. It’s great to see Telstra stepping up and working with the union to protect jobs and do what they can to ensure that workers reduce their risk of infection, whilst keeping Australia’s telecommunications running.”