||Issue No. 320||18 August 2006|
Fixing the WorkChoices Mess
Interview: A Life And Death Matter
Unions: Fighting Back
Industrial: What Cowra Means
Environment: Scrambling for Energy Security
Politics: Page Turner
Economics: The State of Labour
International: Workers Blood For Oil
History: Liberty in Spain
Review: Go Roys, Make A Noise
The Locker Room
Letters to the Editor
Love Me Slender
There's a rumour going around Australia that Sol Trujillo is doing his job as the chief executive officer of Telstra for "love".
Yep and Mary's my sister and Bob my dead uncle.
Mr Trujillo has just announced that thousands more of the public telephone boxes located in crucial spots for use in emergencies and for everyday use by travellers, tourists, the homeless and other people unable or unwilling to own a mobile telephone, are systematically being disconnected.
The red boxes which have provided a sense of security for parents whose children travel long distances to school are all being removed.
And let's not forget it was Telstra that wanted to get rid of providing discounted telephone services for the around the clock "lifeline" call centres.
There is no such thing as "free love".
Of the 50,000 Telstra employs Mr Trujillo's plans are to get rid of 25,000 within five years or so.
The government regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, have
been unsuccessful in negotiations with Telstra that would provide for the maintenance of standards and competitors bring able to access the monopoly owned cable infrastructure at reasonable prices.
It was not good luck or new ideas that made Telstra a billion dollar profiteer.
Telstra shareholders are taking a class action following reports provided in the second half of last year that showed nefarious practices including the non-disclosure of the true state of affairs in the company.
What's love got to do with running a Telco that scoffs at the general populus?
Mt Trujillo's message is clear. Australians will never be allowed the Telco services that have been readily available in other countries for years unless Telstra can continue to hold onto the ways to rip off competitors and ultimately all consumers.
Indeed, there is no sound of that nebulous stuff called "love" running down any cable copper networks anywhere in Australia.
Gorillas may be lustful but they do not love.
Kathryn Pollard, NSW
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