The CPSU (Community and Public Sector Union), also known as the Communications Union, is threatening to take industrial action against IBM GSA, the services arm of IBM.
The threatened action is planned for the period between the Olympics and the Paralympics because the CPSU "does not wish to inconvenience the public or harm their company (IBM GSA)", a press statement said today.
According to the CPSU statement, workers are upset over Big Blue's refusal to negotiate an enterprise agreement which would cover all employees working on Telstra contracts.
Communications Union secretary Adrian O'Connell reportedly said: "IBM GSA employees feel they have been forced to take industrial action by management, which has simply refused to listen to their requests and denied them the right to bargain collectively."
The union is accusing IBM GSA of being a primary beneficiary of Telstra's outsourcing and downsizing policies, which have led to cuts in staff at the telecommunications giant.