Region spared in Telstra job cuts

Telstra is set to axe about 1400 jobs across the country as part of a cost-cutting drive that could wipe out nearly 5 per cent of its workforce.

But northern NSW area manager Michael Marom said no staff were on the chopping block in western NSW. He also didn’t anticipate any reduction in service for residents in the region.

“In very simple terms, no,” Mr Marom asked when asked whether western NSW would be impacted.

“The majority of cuts are across our metropolitan areas … but across regional NSW, in fact regional Australia, there will be minimal disruption.”

In a memo to staff last week, Telstra chief executive Andrew Penn outlined a need to become a “leaner and more nimble” organisation

But Mr Marom reaffirmed Telstra’s commitment to regional markets, citing its partnership with the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Program to build and upgrade mobile infrastructure.

“Our commitment to regional markets – whether it’s network, local teams, with our stores, service technicians and network teams as well as local offices – hasn’t changed,” he said.

“There’s no specific redundancies relating to western NSW, so we wouldn’t anticipate any reduction of people numbers unless there’s voluntary people leaving for their own reasons.

“We wouldn’t see any change of service through regional NSW or in fact any regional areas through this.”