News

68 jobs gone at Downer with govt contract under review

State Secretary for the AMWU Andrew Dettmer outside Downer EDI in Maryborough.
State Secretary for the AMWU Andrew Dettmer outside Downer EDI in Maryborough. Karleila Thomsen

JOB losses at Downer EDi have hit hard, with 68 people given the sack and one of the company's major Maryborough-based projects under review.

A Downer spokesman confirmed 28 people lost their jobs in forced redundancies announced on Friday, while 22 people chose to accept pay-outs.

The company warned last month that about 50 positions would be lost - up to one in five workers - as the company moved to scrap "surplus employees".

But a wave of additional cuts came as a shock to staff when a further 18 lost their jobs in the engineering department.

"The 18 drafters were all on contracts, labour hire, casual or similar... and are separate from the 50 redundancies announced last month," Downer Group spokesman Michael Sharp said.

In total, there have been 68 jobs scrapped, affecting all departments dealing with passenger trains in Maryborough.

"There are not any more planned redundancies that I'm aware of," Mr Sharp said.

He said Downer's Maryborough labour force was still working on several locomotives, plus contracts for passenger trains bound for Western Australia and Queensland Rail's new Sunlander Tilt Train.

The Sunlander project, for two diesel tilt trains and 12 carriages, is worth $189 million, with the project on schedule to have the first new carriages rolled out next year.

However, a Queensland Rail spokesperson said QR was reviewing all of its major projects to ensure its investments in rail infrastructure were "the best value for money for Queenslanders".

"Queensland Rail remains committed to the Sunlander project, a significant investment in the future rollingstock needs of the Queensland rail travel business," the spokesperson said.

"Consideration will be given to ensuring the Sunlander project remains within budget."

Topics:  business, economy, employment, queensland government, redundancies




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

'I apologise every day that I am not the person he married'

My battle with postnatal depression...

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Who donated to Loft and O’Connell in the election?

Mayoral candidates Chris Loft and Gerard O'Connell.

The two front-running candidates have made their donor list public

Lifelong activist recognised for her wildlife fight

Patron of Wildlife Queensland's Hervey Bay Branch, Joan Coutts, has been honoured with a  plaque and tree, planted in ESA Park, Point Vernon.  
Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Joan Coutts was recognised with a plaque and a Burdekin Plum tree.

Warm days followed by cold nights expected on weekend

It might not be quite warm enough to go to the beach, but the Fraser Coast is expected to be sunny on Saturday and Sunday.

EXPECT cold night this weekend, but warmer days.

Latest deals and offers

Joel Seeney defies the odds and collects second place in the Max's muscle up challenge

Beating the odds with a point to prove - Maryborough Fitness Health and Bodyworks'...

Dry July on the Fraser Coast

Dry July - Vera Van De Velde (clinical nurse - Alcohol & Other Drugs Support Service) asking drinkers to abstain for the month of July.Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Dry July is a chance to abstain from alcohol for the month of July to raise money...

Maryborough mural poject

Maryborough artist Craig Winter dedicates his Kent Street mural to the story of the Bauer Nurses. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Craig Winter is creating the latest Maryborough Mural Project artwork.

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward