Optus has formally notified the CWU of its intention of cutting some 90 jobs from its Networks section.
The cuts come on top of the 480 job losses announced in April this year. At that time it appeared that Networks might be spared the redundancies that have accompanied Optus’ moves to remake itself as a digital service and content provider, so these cuts will come as a new blow to Optus staff.
Of the 90 positions affected, some 40% are at the managerial level (ie not covered by the Optus EA). Optus says the roles are spread across New South Wales (69 approximately), Victoria (14 approximately), Queensland (6 approximately) and Western Australia (1).
The CWU met with Optus by teleconference on Friday 9 September to consult over the job losses and to discuss opportunities for redeployment of employees.
Optus has told the union that it has already been able to find new jobs for some employees and is continuing to seek to identify vacant roles that could be filled by those affected by these cuts.
Any CWU members affected by these redundancies should contact their CWU branch for advice on their entitlements and redeployment options.