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2014-10-31

GES redundances

GES redundancies continue

The CWU has received further notifications of the implementation of redundancies in Telstra Global Enterprise and Services (GES).

The redundancies are being carried out through the group selection process (SWAG) with 125 jobs to go from over 200 across a number of business areas including Cloud, Customer Project Management and MNS Fulfilment.

The CWU and other Telstra unions met with Telstra on 29 October to discuss the implementation process, including the timing of the further redundancies scheduled to occur between now and next November.

Unions expressed a concern that these not be notified in the run up to Xmas or soon after to minimise disruption to employee’s end-of-year planning.

Telstra has indicated that employees who have not yet been notified of a SWAG process but who are in scope for one are unlikely to receive such notice until at least mid-January and probably not until February.

The CWU also queried Telstra about what redeployment opportunities there were for GES employees. The large number of high level technical staff being made redundant is of particular concern, especially given Telstra’s ambitions to reinvent itself as a cutting-edge service innovator. In the Fulfilment area, for instance, two thirds of the jobs being lost are at TW7/TPW7 level or above.

Telstra says it is working actively to identify internal redeployment opportunities for these employees. The CWU will monitor this process closely. Any members involved are urged to contact their state branches to help keep the union informed of progress.

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