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MEDIA RELEASE: Optus job axing a major blow to workers

Today’s revelations that Optus is axing 200 jobs from across the country has come as a devastating blow to workers.

Optus today announced that it will cut 200 jobs and close 36 stores nationwide as it pulls the plug on its Virgin Mobile brand.

CEPU Communications Union National President, Shane Murphy, said the news will hit workers and their families hard.

“This is a devastating blow to the 200 workers and their families who have found out today that they no longer have a job,” Mr Murphy said.

“The Union will be doing everything we can to assist the impacted workers during this incredibly difficult time.

“Optus has publicly committed to helping the 200 workers who are now jobless find new work within the company and we’ll certainly be holding them to that.

“We’ll also be working with Optus to ensure every single worker gets the entitlements they deserve.

Mr Murphy said the cuts come only months after slashing 170 jobs in October and on the eve of negotiations that are about to commence for a new Enterprise Agreement at Optus.

“Their timing demonstrates a reprehensible contempt for the Optus workforce.”

CEPU Communications Union, Shane Murphy, National President

Media Contact:   Darren Rodrigo, 0414 783 405


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