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Telstra is moving as many as 500 sales support jobs to centres in The Philippines, according to media reports. Meanwhile NSW country race clubs have been told to start sacking staff over the horse flu outbreak because the Commonwealth is not providing enough money in its emergency fund.

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Telstra is moving as many as 500 sales support jobs to centres in The Philippines, according to media reports. Meanwhile NSW country race clubs have been told to start sacking staff over the horse flu outbreak because the Commonwealth is not providing enough money in its emergency fund.

Telstra aiming to send 500 jobs offshore

Telstra is moving as many as 500 sales support jobs to centres in The Philippines, according to media reports.

The Australian's IT section reports that the move comes just two weeks after Telstra took out full-page newspaper advertisements boasting about keeping jobs and investment in Australia.

Cost cutting

The movement of jobs overseas is part of cost cutting, allied to Telstra's chief Sol Trujillo's $11bn overhaul of the company.

Telstra is believed to have sent a number of staff to The Philippines in recent weeks to train offshore workers. Hundreds of Australians have already been made redundant in its sales support centres in Brisbane, Melbourne and Ballarat.

Move 'executed in stealth'

'This move was conceived of and executed in stealth,' said CPSU National Secretary, Stephen Jones. 'Telstra made no mention of moving the jobs to The Philippines when they announced these redundancies, but that was obviously what was intended all along.

'They knew they were going to do this, they knew they would use Australian managers to train replacement workers in The Philippines, but they maintained everything was business as usual.'

The Australian says Telstra refused to answer a series of direct questions about its sales support centres and moving jobs off shore.

'Temporary, transitional period', says Telstra

'Telstra engaged one of its existing industry partners, TeleTech, during this temporary transitional period, to assist in managing data entry volumes until the transformation is complete,' spokeswoman, Sarah McKinnon, said.

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Race clubs told to sack staff over horse flu outbreak

NSW country race clubs have been told to start sacking staff over the horse flu outbreak, because the Commonwealth is not providing enough money in its emergency fund.

The Chairman of NSW Country Racing, Gordon Lindley, said there is no indication of how long the crisis could last, and Country Racing's finances are limited.

'My advice to race clubs now is start to scale down now on staff if they possibly can. Just do the necessary things,' he said.

Look at finances

'I know it's hard for those clubs like Wagga which have big training facilities and also have a lot of horses working there, but clubs have just got to start looking at their finances and try to work themselves through it.'

Lindley said regional communities would be devastated by the equine flu outbreak.

'Truthfully, it's hundreds of millions the industry is going to lose,' he said.

Astronomical losses

'And $4m [from the Federal Government special fund] - there's 50,000 people in the industry, that's what it employs, so that's not going to go very far. It's going to be huge - the losses to clubs, it's going to be astronomical.'

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