Telstra says PNG workforce will not be impacted by job cuts

Telstra announced measures to begin the reset of its Enterprise business, simplify its operations and improve productivity. 

Some of the proposed measures, which require consultation with employees and unions, would result in up to 2,800 job reductions from Telstra’s direct workforce. 

Post Courier Online reached out to Telstra media following queries raised if the Australian telco giant will have its PNG business, in Digicel PNG, impacted by the cuts. 

Telstra Corporate Affairs Communications Principal, Philippa Perry affirmed this will not be the case. 

“There are no impacts to Digicel PNG or Digicel Pacific more broadly following Tuesday 21 May announcement,” she said. 

CEO Vicki Brady said in the market release that the measures were necessary to ensure Telstra could continue to make the investments needed to support the ever-increasing growth in data volumes on its networks and deliver improved connectivity for customers across the country. 

“Telstra’s ongoing investment in infrastructure, technology, innovation and service for our customers drives growth and underpins Australia’s digital economy, contributing to the prosperity of the nation,” Brady said. 

“This is occurring within a dynamic environment, with an evolving competitive landscape, rapid advances in technology, changing customer needs, and the ongoing inflationary pressures facing all businesses.” 

The review of Telstra Enterprise is ongoing and the challenging market conditions it is facing remain the same. A further update on next steps, including progress on the actions above, will be provided at Full Year Results in August. 

Brady said the reset of the Enterprise business along with other organisational changes would potentially see up to 2,800 roles removed, with the majority of this to occur by the end of calendar year 2024. 

On 04 July, 2022 Telstra Australia announced it has officially acquired Digicel Pacific in partnership with the Australian Government. 

Telstra indicated in its acquisition it will continue to invest in and operate the business across its six South Pacific markets – Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, by the then CEO Oliver Camplin-Warner, said the deal was an exciting milestone for the Pacific business that jobs would be protected.