Optus has informed the CWU that it is moving to offshore more jobs – only months after some 480 positions were cut from the company earlier this year.
In correspondence to the union, Optus confirmed press reports that it was undertaking a review of its Finance and Human Resources operations with a view to outsourcing functions to specialist service providers.
According to the Australian Financial Review, the main contenders for the work are global operators Infosys and Accenture.
Optus says that no decisions have yet been made about exactly which roles will be affected and how many positions will go and that this will be determined “over the next 12 months”. The AFR says that it is understood that employees are unlikely to be affected by the process before the end of this year, but Optus has to date given no guarantees to the CWU on timing.
The CWU will be seeking more information on this move by Optus, including guarantees that options for redeployment of affected staff are fully explored. In the meantime, any CWU members who believe that they may be affected by this review should contact their state branch.