Telstra confirms 900 jobs could go

Telstra confirms 900 jobs could go

Summary: Telstra last night confirmed union claims that it was discussing cutting around 900 jobs over the coming year, although it stressed the idea was just a proposal as part of its annual business planning.

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Telstra last night confirmed union claims that it was discussing cutting around 900 jobs over the coming year, although it stressed the idea was just a proposal as part of its annual business planning.

The Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU), which is one of Telstra's main unions, said the telco told it of the proposed cuts yesterday.

"We have started talking to our employees about some proposed changes over the coming year — including potential job reductions — in our Operations team," a Telstra spokesperson said last night. "At this stage, these are just proposals as part of our annual business planning, but it is important to keep our employees informed — including in the very early stages."

The telco said it would confirm the numbers once it had made the actual decisions on the cuts after consultation with employees and unions, but it said current planning indicated "a figure of around 900".

"We will look for volunteers where possible and Telstra has among the most generous redundancy provisions of any employer in Australia. Any changes or job reductions would not compromise customer service — we will ensure we have the right resources in communities across Australia to get — and keep — people connected," it added.

Under the management of its previous chief executive Sol Trujillo, Telstra had carried out an extensive technology rejuvenation project that saw its core network, billing and operational support systems overhauled and a new nationwide 3G mobile network — Next G — built.

"The fact is, as we improve our networks and our know-how, there is less work required to design, build and maintain them. These proposed changes reflect improvements in our networks and the way we deliver service to our customers," the Telstra spokesperson said.

Topics: IT Employment, Telcos, Telstra

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  • "The fact is, as we improve our networks and our know-how, there is less work required to design, build and maintain them."

    If Telstra keep that up they will find that soon they will not have enough people with the training and experience to carry on the task of continued development. Telstra once employed 92,000 people and now they employ 35,000 or thereabouts. This number will soon fall by another 900. That's great news for those who work in very specialised fields and would need a career change once Telstra gives them the sack and great news for the Australian economy in general - not.
    Mel Sommersberg
  • Telstra had 92,000 employees at a time when the entire industry had about 92,000 people in it. Today Telstra has 35,000 employees in an industry that has over 150,000 people in it. I don't see issues here.

    The fact that Telstra may be stretching some of their resources internally is their own choice and it will impact them in the longer term. If they have truly improved their processes and these 900 employees are no longer needed then fine, lets just hope the ones that go are the useless unionised fat and not the hard working productive staff.

    At the end of the day it doesn't matter if you are highly educated and well informed reporter; a one eyed anti-Telstra troll or just a passing reader there is only way well will all know the truth ... sit back and wait for the outcome.
    Yuska
  • Don't forget the one-eyed (and that one eye is sadly blind) Telstra minion too Yuska...

    Unless of course that minion is you? So, better hope it's not 901 or you might be next!
    RS-ef540
  • Companies like Telstra is known for getting rid of good workers!

    As a matter of fact, there are lots of hidden fats ('bullet dodgers') inside Telstra. Go and get 'em Thodey! Shareholders will love you!!
    fortelstra