The CWU met with Telstra on 1 March to discuss redundancies in the National Fibre Networks (NFN) Delivery Team.
Much of the NFN Delivery Team’s work in recent times has been centred on provision of fibre links to mining companies. NFN has also been involved in the construction of some of the fibre elements of the NBN project.
With demand in these areas now falling off, Telstra says future work volumes will not be enough to sustain the current 5 plough teams.
The company has moved to reduce the number of teams to 3 with the result that 15 positions have been made redundant.
Telstra reported that it has to date had 7 volunteers for redundancy. Assuming these are accepted, the remaining 8 redundancies will be determined by the group selection process.
The CWU emphasised the importance of trying to identify redeployment opportunities for these employees although as the work involved is largely civils, opportunities may be limited.
Any CWU members affected by these redundancies and wanting advice about redeployment should contact their state branch.