Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Telstra Could Face City Backlash over Closure

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Telstra Could Face City Backlash over Closure

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Byline: Dominic Zietsch

TELSTRA'S controversial plan to close its Grafton Business Call Centre has been met with condemnation from unions representing telecommunications workers.

Telstra announced on Tuesday a proposal to close the Grafton-based call centre and assimilate its services into Melbourne- and Brisbane-based centres, a move which could render 108 employees redundant.

The plan has so far earned criticism from the local community and businesses, local politicians, Unions NSW, and now one of the unions representing telecommunications workers, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has weighed in on the issue.

CPSU assistant national secretary Louise Persse said the plan to close the Grafton Business Call Centre was an outrage.

"This decision is a direct attack upon Telstra workers, their families and the services they provide to the Australian community, particularly in regional Australia," Ms Persse said.

"Job losses of this size are very bad news for local economies. …

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