Hundreds join Telstra protest

HUNDREDS of people marched and at least 20 Grafton businesses closed their doors yesterday morning in a final message to Telstra urging it to reconsider a controversial plan to close its Grafton-based call centre.

The crowd marched to the clock tower at 11am in a last-ditch gesture of solidarity for the 108 workers who could lose their jobs if the centre closes.

Grafton Chamber of Commerce president Jeremy Challacombe said the closed businesses were symbolic of what could happen to the local economy if Telstra stripped the town of 108 jobs.

The growing opposition to Telstra’s plan was also bolstered yesterday with the news Independent Lyne MP, Rob Oakeshott, had weighed into the issue, supporting the Clarence Valley Community’s efforts to keep the centre open.



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