IBM GSA staff continue protest action

IBM GSA staff facing redundancy held a protest this morning outside the company's Sydney city headquarters in Sussex St.

The protest represents the second round of industrial action directed at the company by staff, after it was announced that 64 positions would be made redundant or staff redeployed in a shake-up of the IT section at its St Leonards site.

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) members took 48-hour strike action earlier this month and again last week at IBM GSA's office in the northern Sydney suburb of St Leonards.

The staff in Sydney are located in the enterprise services department which is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the ‘000' Emergency Service, including systems that allow telephone operators to identify the street address of emergency service callers.

CPSU assistant secretary, Stephen Jones, said it has been proposed that 16 of the positions move to Melbourne.

He said the union was outraged by the announcement and was seeking redeployment for all workers affected by the changes in Sydney.

Jones did not rule out further industrial action by staff if union demands were not met.

IBM spokesperson Jessica Williamson said 64 IBM GSA staff from the data management sites in both Sydney and Melbourne were informed of the "changes" pointing out they have not been "sacked".

She said they have been given three weeks to decide which of three options to take that the company is offering: relocating to a similar role within the company; redeployment to another position with the company, or to take a redundancy package.

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