Telstra to slash 1100 jobs by June 2014

TELSTRA will chop 1100 jobs from its operations business unit by June next year as a restructure announced in May is implemented.

The cuts include losing fixed network technicians in NSW, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland.

Cuts will also come from the media and customer delivery teams but Telstra cannot confirm the locations until people reshuffle into other roles.

The proposed reduction equates to about 6% of the current operations workforce but Telstra's chief operations officer Brendon Riley said customer service would not suffer from the changes.

He said the restructure was aimed at removing duplication.

"Always when there are implications for people's jobs it is difficult and this is no exception," he said.

"We will work through a careful consultation process with our people and we will do so with the utmost respect and sensitivity.

"As we have said previously, Telstra is a changing business in a changing industry.

"We are seeing reductions of roles in declining businesses, due to evolving technologies and the restructuring of our industry."


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