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TIMELINE: 1 in 5 NRG workers to be axed

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FORTY-Three workers will lose their jobs at NRG Power Station in the next 12-18 months.

This equates to 20% of the current workforce but NRG plans to use voluntary redundancies, retirements and forced redundancies if necessary.

LISTEN: ETU organiser Craig Giddens reveals how the job losses will play out 

Electrical Trade Union organiser Craig Giddins said it left questions over the plants maintenance work.

He said there was already 600 maintenance jobs that need to be done at the plant.

"Jobs are just failing off the list because they have been on there so long," he said.


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LISTEN: Reporter Campbell Gellie tells you what the company has said


UPDATE 1pm: 

NRG POWER Station general manager John Abbott has confirmed there will be job losses at NRG as the company undertakes a reorganisation of the plant.

In a statement today he said changes would come over the next 12-18 months.

"We are implementing a new business plan that will reduce the long term operating costs of the power station, which will help to secure its future," he said.

He wanted to maximise the use of redeployment, early retirement and voluntary redundancy to minimise the number of forced redundancies that are required.

He also announced that maintenance contractor RCR Energy who are in conjunction with O'Donnell Engineering, were given notice of termination of their contract.

"The new business plan has significantly lower overhaul and project spend over the next five years, and we have already deferred the 2 overhauls that were scheduled for 2016." 

EARLIER:

ELECTRICAL Trade Union organiser Craig Giddins said 15 contractors were given their notice yesterday at NRG Power Station and he expected to hear of more job losses today when he met with management.

He said the electrical and engineering contract with O'Donnell Electrical was "killed" and a different package for the same work would be retendered with reduced wages and conditions.

LISTEN: Campbell Gellie explains the story

Mr Giddins was meeting with NRG management this morning and believed he would hear of more job losses then.

At Gladstone Engineering Alliance Industry Update on February 24, NRG general manager John Abbott told the audience he didn't have much good news for them for the second year in a row.

Using the same slides from the 2015 update, he showed how the demand for coal fired power stations was declining.

He said the power station was running at 32-35% capacity and was extending the overhauls of generators from four years to five years.

The Observer has sought a response from NRG and O'Donnell Electrical.

Reporter Campbell Gellie reports. 

>> EARLIER: No answers for NRG workers after meeting

LAST MONTH: A union rep on jobs cut rumour at NRG

Topics:  employment, gladstone, job losses, nrg



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