Visionstream Telecommunications (formerly Silcar Telepower) has moved to implement the redundancies which it flagged to the CWU late last month.
The CWU understands that a total of 42 positions will be made redundant. Staff selected for redundancy were notified of the decision on 23 June. Where no redeployment options can be identified, it is intended that affected employees will leave the company by the end of this month.
According to Visionstream, the redundancies arise primarily from changes in the company’s maintenance contract with Telstra which accounts for the greater part of its employees work. Although management has said its aim has been to diversify its operations to make it less vulnerable to such changes, to date no major new contracts have materialised.
Visionstream has undertaken to give priority to voluntary retrenchments, subject to the usual operational considerations. Any CWU member who volunteered for retrenchment and was not selected should contact his state branch. Similarly, any members facing involuntary redundancy should contact their state branch if they require advice or assistance.