Downtown Lismore 'yes' Optus store. Photo  / The Northern Star
Downtown Lismore 'yes' Optus store. Photo / The Northern Star

Optus announces redundancies after restructure

OPTUS employees at stores and centres around the Northern Rivers are facing possible redundancies after the telecommunications giant announced a restructure.

It's been widely reported that up to 480 jobs could go under the restructure.

Optus has 'Yes' Optus stores in Lismore, Ballina and Byron Bay, as well as 'Yes Optus' stores in Yamba, Grafton and Tweed Heads.

In addition, its Northern Rivers Optus Business Centre is located in Molesworth St Lismore.

Questions were sent to Optus about whether or not the redundancies would affect any employees in the Northern Rivers, but a spokesperson said those details were not available.

"We are consulting with affected employees and looking at redeployment opportunities, so at this stage I can't give you any more details," the spokesperson said.

The telecommunications company said the changes to the structure of its Consumer and Enterprise divisions were aimed at creating "sustainable growth" in a competitive market.

"The changes will also see Optus Business, and the Wholesale and Satellite divisions rationalise roles and optimise resources in response to the increasingly competitive trading environment," Optus said in a statement.

"These changes require Optus to reshape its workforce with the skills required in an increasingly digital world and to invest in the capabilities required to bring ideas to market more quickly.

"As a result, Optus is proposing to make a number of roles redundant.

"Optus will consult directly with affected employees to explore ways to mitigate the impact of these changes, including redeployment opportunities."



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