The reshaping of Telstra Operations continues, with Telstra reportedly having identified more than enough volunteers for redundancy to meet the target it set itself several weeks ago.
At the end of August, Telstra said it was seeking up to 120 volunteers for redundancy from Networks Delivery, Telstra Operations. At the time, the CWU commented that the company would probably find these volunteers, given the low level of morale among sections of the Telstra workforce. That seems to have been a correct assessment.
At the same time, as reported in E-bulletin #17, Telstra is looking to shed some 53 positions in Wideband Design.
While Telstra says that there is no outsourcing involved in this specific move, there is no doubt that it is part of a broader restructuring that has seen Wideband work outsourced to “industry partners” such as Visionstream and Indian multinational Cyient.
The CWU is continuing to consult with members in Wideband Design over both the immediate impacts and longer term implications of this latest move. The union is particularly interested in the question of current work volumes and how they are being dealt with at both state and national levels. Members are encouraged to contact their state branches if they can assist in this matter.
A further meeting with Telstra on the Wideband proposal is scheduled for Tuesday 4 October.