Telstra has notified the CWU that it is proceeding to cut 68 positions from the Professional Services section of Global Enterprise Services (GES).
The cuts are part of the nearly 700 redundancies from GES first announced in late July, 203 of which were to come from Professional Services. Of those, the CWU understands that more than half were contractors, leaving about 90 Telstra positions to be eliminated. The current tranche obviously represents the bulk of these redundancies.
Telstra will be conducting the redundancy process in line with the Group Selection Process (SWAG) provided for in the Enterprise Agreement but it will also be considering requests for voluntary redundancy.
The CWU has asked for Telstra to provide it with information about both the number of the final redundancies which were voluntary and about the number of the employees who were successfully redeployed.
We are concerned first and foremost about the impact of these redundancies on our members. But the union is also opposed to the ongoing loss of skills out of Telstra, especially from growth areas like NES, and the transfer of such skilled work overseas.
Any members affected by these job cuts and wanting advice about their rights and options under the SWAG process should contact their state branch.