News : Union Welcomes Call Centre Expansion
Nov 5, 2013 -- A union has praised Vodafone for bringing 500 call centre jobs to Hobart's CBD when other companies are outsourcing.
Hundreds of new workers will be based in the city centre by June as part of Vodafone's call centre expansion.The company plans to double its Tasmanian workforce, creating 750 new jobs.
The Kingston call centre will remain and a temporary office will be set up in Hobart's CBD while a new building on the corner of Bathurst and Argyle streets is completed.
Vodafone's corporate affairs manager Elise Davidson told ABC Local Radio 500 workers are expected to be working in the city by next June.
"We've had people in meeting rooms, every square corner of our Kingston call centre, which has been there for 14 years...it's just absolute at capacity," she said."We're unable at a health and safety perspective to hire anyone else until we've got more space."The Community and Public Sector Union's Paul Blake says it will have a flow-on effect on the local economy.
"Five-hundred jobs with the multiplier effect and the extra money that goes into the economy, we could well be looking at 1,000 jobs overall that comes into Tasmania."
"You're talking towards half a per cent of the unemployment rate could come down," Mr Blake said.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013