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The union that covers Telstra workers has pointed out that the nationwide outage suffered by the telco came soon after the company announced the sacking of 360 technical field employees.

Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union of Australia national president Shane Murphy said the sacking announcement had been made on Thursday.

The outage affected ATMs, Cabcharge services and EFTPOS services around the country.

“This Telstra outage has inconvenienced many thousands of people right across the country,” Murphy said.

“The outage comes on the back of Telstra’s announcement that it is forcing 360 of the people skilled in resolving situations just like this out of a job.

“Telstra’s decision to axe 360 technical field employee jobs is about as short-sighted as it gets. These are the people that spring into action when there are issues like this one.

“Who is going to fix the system if you cut the jobs of everyone capable of doing it?

“This is another classic example of Telstra prioritising cost cutting ahead of its customers and its workforce.

“This once iconic telco is being driven into the ground, and customers and the workforce are being forced to bear the brunt of it.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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