Optus has advised the CWU of a new round of redundancies in its Networks area. The redundancies will affect staff working in Next Generation VAS, Mobile Deployment, the Program Portfolio and Governance Office and Fixed Networks Delivery.
Optus says the redundancies flow from its ongoing attempts to create more efficiencies across its network operations through “centralisation and standardisation” of certain functions as well as through removal of duplication.
Approximately 18 roles will be affected with the redundancies scheduled to take effect on 23 July. Of these approximately 14 are covered by the Optus Employment Partnership Agreement 2012. These roles are spread across New South Wales (13), Victoria (2) and Queensland (3).
Optus says that none of the jobs affected are being sent offshore and that it will attempt to identify redeployment opportunities for these employees. The CWU has asked to be informed about the degree to which this does in fact lead to successful redeployment.
CWU members affected by these redundancies and wanting information and/or support in relation to redundancy and redeployment should contact their state branch.