Urgent hearing granted in Visionstream redundancies dispute

Urgent hearing granted in Visionstream redundancies dispute

49 redundancies announced as the company continue to advertise for jobs

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The Fair Work Commission has granted the Communications Workers Union's (CWU) application for an urgent hearing in to its dispute concerning Visionstream’s job cutting campaign.

Visionstream recently announced 49 impending redundancies several weeks ago, according to the CWU. Since then, the union claimed it had attempted to talk to the company in order to understand what the redundancies were about and "investigate their genuineness".

Visionstream offers contractors for companies including NBN Co, Optus and Chorus and also offers services including network construction, design and engineering and operations and maintenance.

"With the company continuing to advertise for new employees leading up to and during the announcements on redundancies and their ongoing use of contractors undertaking former Silcar employees’ work, we are seriously concerned that a number of these redundancies may not be genuine and proper redeployment processes within the company have not occurred," the CWU said in a statement.

CWU is also concerned that the employees, who have been instructed to remain home until their pending exit date, are being disadvantaged by the redeployment process.

"This train of thought is further amplified by Visionstream refusing to adequately address concerns raised during the consultation process, including a number of questions which remain simply unanswered," the CWU announcement stated.

The hearing is set to take place today. Visionstream has been contacted for comment.

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