Media Alert: Union calls for Telstra fund for future NBN asbestos victims

The Union representing NBN technicians is calling for Telstra to set up a James Hardie-style fund to pay for the care and treatment of future asbestos disease victims caused by poor asbestos management on the NBN project.

CEPU NSW Assistant Secretary Shane Murphy said the union was calling on Telstra to set up a register for all workers who have been exposed to asbestos while working on the Telstra network.

Telstra must also provide training and certification in asbestos handling to all workers and contractors working on asbestos sites, said Mr Murphy.

The telco also needs to set up a fund to cover future medical costs emerging from its poor management of asbestos, he said.

“The impacts of this mess will be felt decades into the future – Telstra needs to take responsibility for the health impact on its own workers as well as the broader community.”

 

CEPU Assistant Secretary Shane Murphy will address media on the impact of asbestos on workers and the community.

WHERE: Corner of Hornseywood Ave and Evans St, Penrith

WHEN: 12.30pm today, 30 May 2013

WHO: Shane Murphy, CEPU NSW Postal & Telecommunications Branch Assistant Secretary

The CEPU Communications Union is the Union that represents workers in Australia’s Postal, Telecommunications, Pay TV and Information Technology industries

 

For further information or media interviews please call:

CEPU Media: Laura Maclean  on 0423 377 567

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