A telecommunications union fears more than 400 Vodafone employees could lose their jobs as part of a company restructure.
David Irons, national assistant security for Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union of Australia (CEPU) said 40 workers and managers at one of Vodafone's two Melbourne operations had been escorted from the premises after being told the company was closing the call centre. Employees in a number of Sydney centres had reportedly also been sacked.
Irons said the union had been told the restructure could hit between 400 and 600 workers around Australia.
A spokeswoman for Vodafone Australia, Germaine Graham, said the company restructure followed a review of business by the managing director John Rohan, following his appointment in March.
Details about the extent of the redundancies or how many call centres would be affected by the restructure will not be released, Graham said.