Bogan mayor, Ray Donald, wants Telstra to front a council meeting and explain the rationale behind planned staff cuts.
The telco plans to sack at least one of four landline technicians who service Cobar and Nyngan shires which have a combined area of nearly 60,000 square kilometres.
“(Staff cuts) reflect the improvements with our network and the way we deliver our services,” Telstra Country Wide’s Darren Smith said.
But “forced redundancies” would impact on households that still relied on landlines, Cr Donald said.
“You don’t make people redundant because they serve the company well and do a good job,” he said.
“Telstra will say their infrastructure has improved so they don’t need technicians – that is really not right.
“The other big factor is it’s a local job out of a small community, which is always so valuable.”
Cr Donald described the company as a “big impervious elephant going along knocking out
a public phone here or a job there”.
Mr Smith said competition in the Nyngan and Cobar telecommunication markets were another reason behind the downsizing.
“What’s important is that we maintain our level of customer service,” he said.
This would still be possible with fewer workers “because of the reduction in the workload that’s occurring and has occurred over time”.
Cr Donald invited Mr Smith “to come to a council meeting of either or both Bogan and Cobar shire and with the technicians present, convince the council that one of them should be taken out of their job.
“Now if he can do that we’ll agree with him”.
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