Downer EDI says rumours of closure are not true

AS RUMOURS swirl that Maryborough's Downer EDi is to close down, a company spokesman has said this is not true.

Michael Sharp, group head of corporate affairs and investor relations, said 14 planned redundancies had gone ahead as the Sunlander project comes to an end, but Downer EDi in Maryborough would continue to operate as usual.

"We began consulting with the workforce on July 3 in relation to 14 redundancies resulting from the ramping down of the Sunlander project," Mr Sharp said on Tuesday.

"Three employees volunteered for redundancy and 11 were informed on Friday that their roles had been made redundant," he said.

"These redundancies will take effect on September 5."

Mr Sharp said it was not unusual for Downer EDi's workforce to fluctuate.

"In our business, the workforce goes up and down as contracts wind up and wind down," he said.

The latest job cuts were announced last month, with the company asking for expressions of interest in voluntary redundancy.

Downer EDi originally announced about 12 jobs would be made redundant as the Sunlander project finishes.

In the end, 14 positions were axed, with three employees accepting voluntary redundancies and 11 workers informed last week that their jobs had been made redundant.

The job cuts will reduce the workforce at Downer EDi from 317 employees to 303.

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