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Telstra travelling time policy: no change for "itinerant" workers

Telstra has agreed to modify proposed changes to its former Network Construction travelling time policy following representations from the CWU. 

Late last year, Telstra signalled that it wished to make Excess Travelling Time arrangements consistent across the company and to bring policy for employees in what was once the Network Construction (NC) group into line with those in other sections of the company. 

The CWU argued that the NC arrangements had been developed to reflect the fact that the NC employees had different working arrangements from those in the Customer Field Workforce and were typically itinerant, with no permanent “head station” or fixed work area. 

Telstra has now acknowledged that a one-size-fits-all approach will not work and has agreed to retain the provisions of the NC Travel Policy (now the Networks Delivery Travel Policy) for employees engaged in such work. 

The company is still seeking however to develop new arrangements for employees in Customer Service Delivery who may previously have worked under the NC policy. In particular, Telstra is proposing changes to CSD Wideband employees who work largely in the Sydney CBD. 

The CWU will be consulting with members affected by this particular proposal in the coming days.

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