Up to 100 Ergon Energy jobs to go in M'boro and Bundaberg

MARYBOROUGH and Bundaberg Ergon Energy workers are facing major redundancies as the electricity provider sheds about 500 positions between now and June 2013.

Electrical Trades Union regional organiser Dan Bessell said the union anticipated up to 100 jobs could be cut from the two offices.

He said the union expected about 20-30% of those cuts would be front-line services such as linesmen.

"Any job cuts in the region will have a trickle on effect," he said.

An Ergon Energy spokesman said it was too early for an indication of how the job cuts would be spread across the state.

"We are confident it will not impact on our ability to service customers and respond in times of disaster," Ergon Energy chief executive Ian McLeod said.

Mr McLeod said under Ergon's industrial agreement, staff were covered by a no-forced-redundancy provision, giving employees the option to stay with Ergon and seek redeployment if their role was made redundant.



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