Downer EDi is set to scrap up to one in five jobs at its Maryborough plant.
Downer EDi is set to scrap up to one in five jobs at its Maryborough plant. Alistair Brightman

Up to 150 jobs to be cut at Ergon, Downer EDi

DOWNER EDi and Ergon Energy are preparing to sack up to 150 workers across the Fraser Coast.

Employees at Downer EDi were told up to one in five could lose their jobs as the company sheds 50-60 positions from its Maryborough site within the next few months.

Downer Group spokesman Michael Sharp said a review of the company's operations had shown there was a surplus of employees.

"We were very open and informed them yesterday that we are seeking applications for voluntary redundancies," he said yesterday afternoon.

Mr Sharp said the redundancies would be made across all departments in Maryborough.

The move from Downer EDi came on the same day Ergon Energy announced it would shed about 500 jobs by June next year, with the Electrical Trades Union predicting up to 100 of those could come from the Maryborough and Bundaberg offices.

ETU regional organiser Dan Ballet said the union expected about 20-30% of those cuts would be frontline 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 to tell 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.

Maryborough MP Anne Maddern said the job losses at Downer EDi were a tragedy for Maryborough, blaming

the former State Government.



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