Hi Gary, As no one has answered yet, I thought I would let you know my thoughts. The meeting held was completly
one way Telstra. There would have been about 50 people turned up, at least 7-8 from Coates. Otre Moussa started
by saying he had only just recieved the questions we posed for him. He went thru each one with the same old excuse,
it's there to protect everyone. At no time did he agree with any of our comments let alone change anything, the only concession was a letter coming out telling our customers of the change. Basically if we didnt like it, leave the locating industry.It finished up with everyone yelling at him, and him pointing at certain people insinuating they were the cause of all the damages. Otre Moussa left before all questions were answered so that didnt help. We all gave our views on how bad the Telstra refresher course was, but again fell on deaf ears. There was one person who's name escapes me, who stood up towards the end of the meeting,I think it was Paul Flecther,and asked why Telstra is not embracing our association and getting us to give our experiences to help sort out the problems, well done Paul if you read this, Ottre just laughed and ignored him and changed the subject. As for coates,they have no knowledge of the industry which they freely admitted, they are purely a Telstra/Ottre puppet. I already know of a locater in Melbourne who has walked away from locating, so this could well be a sign of times to come. If you are a locater and think you are alone, your quite right!
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