Alcatel-Lucent technical experts will today stop work to protest the failure of company executives to negotiate a new workplace agreement that safeguards existing working conditions.
The company recently secured a $1.5billion contract with NBN Co, yet employees have been waiting since 2010 for a pay rise.
Professionals Australia expects if the company’s executives continue to ignore its workforce, industrial action will impact on the roll-out of the NBN.
“It’s disappointing that Alcatel-Lucent’s executives are failing to take the concerns of Professionals Australia’s members seriously.” said the union’s lead negotiator, Alison Rose.
“At present, by ignoring the views of their workforce, Alcatel-Lucent’s executive management exposes the NBN project to further blow-outs. This does come about as a result of industrial action, but because working conditions and pay rates are slipping. It will be increasingly difficult for Alcatel-Lucent to attract and retain the technical skills that it needs to control costs.” Ms Rose said.
“Professionals Australia’s members do not want to stop work. They are experts in their field, and want to work at the leading edge of communications technology. They simply want a fair deal that properly reflects their critical role in the success of the company.”
“We’re calling on the company to do the sensible thing and sit down and negotiate a constructive agreement that safeguards working conditions.”
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