Sensis workers protest over Telstra job cuts

Employees of the Telstra subsidiary, Sensis, have rallied in central Melbourne over job cuts.

Telstra says 700 jobs are being cut from Sensis, which runs the White and Yellow Pages phone directories.

The Victorian secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, Steve Dargavel, says every effort must be made to save the jobs.

"It's clear that Telstra's commitment to local jobs in parts of its business that are very profitable is next to nil," he said.

"The union and its members are calling on Telstra to sit down and reconsider the position and have discussions to save these jobs".

The union claims about 300 people took part in the rally.

Mr Dargavel says the protest will be the first in an ongoing campaign centred on Telstra.

"Telstra made the decision, they're the owner of Sensis, and we're calling on political leaders and also institutional investors in Telstra including superannuation funds to consider just how much commitment Telstra has got to the local community, Mr Dargavel said.

A Telstra spokesman says consultation with staff is continuing and changes are still in the "proposal phase".

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