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CWU wins upgrade for Telstra member

The CWU has been successful in securing a banding upgrade for a Telstra member whose work involves testing for HFC faults.

As CWU members may be aware, the correct banding of testers has been disputed on a number of occasions in recent years. 

In this case the CWU was confident that the correct classification level was CFW 5 despite Telstra’s insistence that it was a CFW 4. 

The member brought the issue to the union after a number of failed attempts to have the issue taken seriously by his team leader. 

Whilst the union’s first attempts at engaging with Telstra about the matter were met with resistance, perseverance secured the reclassification of the member’s banding together with a considerable sum of back pay.  

Telstra does not give ground easily on such issues but, as this case shows, where a good case exists the CWU can get wins for members.

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