Ergon Energy job cuts to hit Maryborough workers

FOURTEEN Ergon Energy workers in Maryborough are expected to lose their jobs as the company slashes 116 jobs statewide, the Services Union has warned.

With 1600 jobs already axed from the Queensland electricity industry in the past two years, the union says this news is just another hit for regional communities who rely on state assets to provide jobs and support the local economy.

Along with the 14 Maryborough jobs, the union says 55 job positions will be lost in Townsville, 45 in Rockhampton, 35 in Toowoomba, 26 in Cairns, three in Bundaberg and 11 in Mackay.

Acting secretary Neil Henderson said the union was shocked at the magnitude of the announcement.

"These additional job position losses will have a severe impact on our members, their families and in fact regional Queensland generally," he said.

Ergon Energy corporate communications manager Rod Rehbein said they were still in consultation regarding job cuts and it was not possible to provide a regional breakdown at this time.

"Decisions about redundancies will not occur until a decision is made to proceed with the proposed restructure," he said.

Mr Rehbein said a net loss of 95 positions would occur across the business because 21 new roles would be created.

"The positions that are proposed to become redundant are not front line positions, but professional/managerial and administration support roles which will not impact Ergon's ability in storm and disaster response or maintaining routine services," he said.

Note: An earlier version of this story said 1600 had been axed from Ergon Energy but the Services Union later corrected this information as the 1600 jobs were from the wider Queensland electrical industry.



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