Workers say thanks for solidarity

THE vulnerable Grafton employees facing the Telstra axe have expressed gratitude for the public campaign aimed at saving their jobs.

Two union meetings held in Grafton, one on Thursday night and the other yesterday morning, have seen stories of potential devastation aired by the affected workers.

The meetings were organised by the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), one of the unions representing the Telstra workers, and were aimed at providing a forum for members employed at the call centre to voice their concerns.

CPSU lead organiser Teresa Davison said the mood among the members in attendance was of frustration and real concern for their futures.

“They want the centre to stay open; there was a lot of talk about the personal impact and the impact on their colleagues and their families,” Ms Davison said.

“If the centre closes most of them will have to leave Grafton so they’re pretty devastated.”

“There was a consensus; the people want to do everything they can to keep the centre open; that’s the first priority,” she said.

She also said the members present were overwhelmed by the flood of community support for them since the announcement.

“They’re feeling pretty vulnerable; it’s their jobs on the line so they’re just really grateful for the community campaign and being able to be part of it. It’s been amazing to see,” she said.

Unions representing the workers have been unanimous in their opposition to the proposed plan, adding to the already substantial chorus of outrage from the community.

On Thursday night a full council meeting of Unions NSW carried a resolution condemning the plan and urged all unions to support any community campaigns to have the plan reconsidered.



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