The Australian Greens today put their support behind Telstra workers rallying for better relations with their employer.
"In a time of increasing economic uncertainty, we need to restore equality to the workplace, and the Greens put their support behind these workers and their right to take action against disparity," said Australian Greens industrial relations spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.
Workers from Telstra will rally outside a company briefing from CEO Sol Trujillo in Melbourne today as part of an industrial campaign for new pay and conditions.
"Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo's pay increased last year by 13%, while Telstra employees have not received a pay rise in 18 months. This should not be fair in anyone's books," said Senator Siewert.
"Recent evidence given to the Senate Enquiry into the Fair Work Bill also showed Telstra's practices of subverting collective bargaining processes and avoiding union negotiations."
"The Greens will work to ensure workers' rights are protected when the Senate debates the Government's Fair Work Bill next week," she concluded.
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