Telstra may face NBN suit: report

Subcontractors review legal options over asbestos work stoppage.

Subcontractors working on the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) are considering taking legal action against Telstra Corp (TLS) over work stoppages related to the mishandling of asbestos, according to The Australian.

The subcontractors claim they face financial ruin as a result of the stoppage, and are considering their legal options with remediation work on Telstra's pits and pipes set to restart next Monday after about 12 weeks of asbestos-related stoppage.

Subcontractors in Western Australia and their branch of the Communication Workers Union are planning to meet with law firm Slater & Gordon to review their options, according to The Australian.

The subcontractors reacted angrily to comments from Telstra chief executive David Thodey last week that Telstra had suffered “no material financial impact” as a result of the asbestos scare, with the subcontractors arguing they have taken a significant financial hit. 

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