Telstra CEO pledges support
PAGE MP Janelle Saffin has spoken directly to Telstra chief executive, David Thodey, telling him she was disappointed in the planned Goonellabah Call Centre closure that could cost 116 workers their jobs.
Telstra announced the planned closure earlier this afternoon after managers gave the 116 workers the bad news.
While the telco boss only gave a limited committment to look after displaced workers, Ms Saffin said it was better than nothing and she would hold him to it.
"Of course I told him I don't want them to close it but given what (Telstra) did before (closing the Grafton call centre in September 2010) I'm sure they will," Ms Saffin said.
"I told him, 'What I want you to do on behalf of the local people is treat them properly and give them time'.
"I said, 'try and look after them as best you can and with some care'.
"He said to me, 'I undertake to treat them with respect and care and try to help them get jobs'.
"I told him I was going to make this public and he said yes to that."