Telstra to axe 200 technicians

Telstra will axe more than 190 technicians from its workforce later this month as part of plans to shed 3000 jobs this financial year.

The cuts will hit the telco's regional workforce where technicians are no longer required since Telstra digitised its telecommunications network.

Communications Electrical Plumbing Union telecommunications secretary Jim Metcher said the redundancies will create lengthy delays in phone repairs. The downsizing is having a disasterous impact network reliability in rural areas.

Metcher said the only person immune for the cost-cutting strategy is Telstra CEO Ziggy Switkowski who was reappointed last week through to 2007 on a multimillion dollar remuneration package.

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