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Dec 2018

Sacked before Christmas - Katter urges Nth Qld to 'seek revenge' over Telstra job cuts

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News of more than nine Telstra fulltime employees getting sacked a week before Christmas has KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter urging North Queenslanders to seek revenge.

Most of the employees have worked for more than 20 years and are from Innisfail, Tablelands, Cooktown and Cairns metro areas, with an additional four in Townsville – and word is there will be further fulltime job cuts early next year.

They were informed at the end of November their employment would cease on December 21 because Telstra didn’t have the work and are not winning any NBN contracts – despite many of the employees holding their positions for decades with no issues. Mr Katter said it’s more disastrous signs of privatisation and is urging everyone to stop voting in the major parties.

“I call upon the people of North Queensland to seek revenge,” Mr Katter said.

“The wonders of privatisation and its callus nature … Sacking employees on Christmas Eve who have devoted their whole life by providing a service, while their CEOs enjoy salaries of more than $5 million.

“Services are cut, employees sacked, call centres off-shored – all driven by the major party free market - so blinded by their ideologies they can’t see the simple humanity.

“These companies are profiting at the expense of Australian jobs, which by being shipped offshore is akin to importing cheap labour, ultimately undermining our nation’s hard-fought award wages and working conditions.

“When will the major parties leave the fantasy land of the ‘Sydney Suits’ and realise the ‘Struggle Street’ you’ve imposed on Australians?” Mr Katter said.

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Contact Details

Innisfail
P: (07) 4061 6066
F: (07) 4061 6566
Visit: Cnr Edith and Owen St
Post: PO Box 1638
Innisfail, Qld 4860

Mount Isa
P: (07) 4743 3534
F: (07) 4743 0189
Visit: 42-44 Simpson St
Post: PO Box 2130
Mount Isa, Qld 4825

Canberra
(when Parliament is sitting)
P: (02) 6277 4978
F: (02) 6277 8558

Local Call within the electorate
P: 1300 301 942

Email: Bob.Katter.MP@aph.gov.au