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Optus' plans to sack 440 workers over the next two months have brought a scathing reaction from the CEPU Communications Union, with the union labelling the decision as another “devastating blow” to workers .

CEPU Communications Union national president Shane Murphy said the decision by Optus management showed “clear contempt for its workforce by continuing to slash hundreds of jobs with absolutely no consultation with the workforce, while they’ve been sitting at the table with the union to bargain for a new Enterprise Agreement”.

“After announcing over 600 job cuts in May this year, the decision by Optus to slash another 440 jobs from its workforce is utterly devastating to workers and their families,” Murphy said.

As reported by iTWire’s Sam Varghese today, Singtel Optus will sack 440 workers over the next two months in what it says is a bid to reduce the number involved in back-office work.

The company will make 290 of the 440 roles redundant and create 150 new positions, The Australian reported.

In his condemnation of the Optus decision, Murphy said that, “the drastic decision was announced today without any consultation with the union”.

“Optus has now axed over 1000 jobs in four months. This is a disgrace.

“Hundreds of Australian workers will be devastated today after being told they no longer have a job. This shattering news will hit Australian workers and their families hard.

“The union will be doing everything we can to assist the impacted workers during this incredibly difficult time. We will be working will Optus to ensure every single worker gets the entitlements they deserve.

“The timing of these continuous and enormous job cuts demonstrates a reprehensible contempt for the Optus workforce.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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