Ergon remains tight lipped on job cuts in Gladstone

ERGON Energy has refused to comment on the number of redundancies made to its Gladstone workforce.

An Ergon Energy spokesperson said 500 voluntary redundancy packages had been offered across the state, with some CQ employees taking up the offer.

Ergon said it was catering to changes in demand in the industry.

The government-owned corporation announced the job cuts across Queensland last week.

Electrical Trade Union Central Queensland organiser Craig Giddins said at the time the move could be the first step towards the privatisation of Ergon.

Mr Giddins, who is based in Gladstone, said it was unclear how the 500 job cuts would be spread around the regions.

With the storm season approaching, Mr Giddins said there was a risk Ergon would not have enough front-line electricians to perform important tasks after storm damage.

Ergon Energy says it will continue to maintain frontline services to customers through the use of internal and external resources to manage costs and risk.



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