92 Telstra jobs go

THE Coffs Coast could be plunged into a telecommunications black hole as Telstra slashes almost 100 technician jobs, according to the workers' union.

The Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) claim Telstra is cutting 92 jobs across NSW, including four on the North Coast and one in Coffs Harbour.

The termination of technicians comes at a time when the Advocate understands that a number of households at Park Beach were still without adequate phone services more than a week after flooding saw services disrupted.

CEPU NSW assistant secretary, Steve Dodd, said the job cuts would mean fewer employment opportunities and less reliable communication services.

“The reality is job cuts mean service cuts, and fewer Telstra technicians on the ground will mean longer delays for those communities waiting for vital phone repairs and poorer communication services across the board,” Mr Dodd said.

Telstra Country Wide general manager North Coast, Sue Passmore, said five technician positions have been cut on the North Coast as part of efficiency targets.

“It's never a good time for job reductions but new and better technologies and advances in productivity allow us to serve our customers with fewer technician jobs,” Ms Passmore said.

“More faults can now be fixed remotely, which reduces the field work required.”



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