Visionstream has notified the CWU that it is planning to shed staff now that it has completed construction works on the Optus Wireless Project.
While exact numbers have not been finalised, the company says it expects about 80 employees covered by the current Enterprise Agreement and a further unspecified number of staff (i.e. management) members to be affected.
Queensland and South Australia are the areas most affected, with some 20-25 employee roles to go from these states.
Visionstream has informed the CWU that it will give consideration, but not necessarily priority, to voluntary redundancies and will also be exploring possibilities for redeployment.
A three day “golden handshake” payment will be provided on top of any EA-based redundancy payments.
Redundancy pay and other relevant accrued entitlements will be paid at rates which reflect the scheduled 23 December wage rise.
This is all likely to provide cold comfort to employees facing unemployment at Xmas. Visionstream says it intends to give formal notification to employees by 16 December so any CWU member affected by these job losses should contact their state branch promptly.