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Issue #1613      October 2, 2013

Union outraged by decision to sack 1,100 local Telstra staff

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has expressed shock at a decision by Telstra to cut 1,100 local jobs from its Operations section.

CPSU lead organiser Teresa Davison said the decision is a slap in the face for Telstra workers. “Our members are shocked by the announcement. It’s really demoralising for them.

“Telstra has made more than $3 billion in net profit every year for the past five years. Those profits are the result of the hard work of staff and it’s hardly a fair reward to have 1,100 jobs cut.

“Since January this year, more than 2,000 staff have been made redundant from Telstra and its subsidiary, Sensis,” Ms Davison said.

Telstra executive Brendon O’Reilly, with annual pay and benefits totalling over $2.8 million, made the announcement to staff today via email. Union representatives are calling on the company to reverse its decision.

“We don’t believe it makes good business sense to get rid of highly skilled and loyal staff from Operations, particularly when Telstra is struggling to fill jobs in other areas including for large contracts such as Defence,” Ms Davison said.

The union said earlier announcements by Telstra about the proposed restructure of Operations had foreshadowed further offshoring of Telstra jobs.

Ms Davison said, “We still don’t know the extent to which these 1,100 jobs are going offshore. What we do know is that Telstra has never had more offshore workers and the number has been steadily increasing.

“It’s a kick in the guts for Australian workers and customers whose loyalty to Telstra is the foundation of the company’s profitability.

“Our first priority is supporting affected members. We expect Telstra to honour all staff entitlements and provide opportunities for affected staff to apply for other job vacancies within Telstra,” Ms Davison said.

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