Business

Workforce at Ergon in dark on job future

ERGON Energy staff members are still in the dark on whether their jobs will be slashed over the next few months, or if they're safe from the State Government's axe.

Electrical Trades Union state assistant secretary Keith McKenzie said the union was seeking answers, and wanted them now.

"They start talking about cuts and yet nobody knows where they will come from," Mr McKenzie said.

"Our regional organisers in various regions are trying to sit down (with Ergon) and find out what is going on."

Mr McKenzie said with Christmas around the corner, workers feared job security around the high-expenditure months.

"It looks a bit grim for Christmas because staff are wanting to put money away for holidays and they're not sure if they can," Mr McKenzie said.

State organiser Dan McGaw said the union was not mincing words in its message to the officeholders.

With 500 Ergon staff on the chopping block statewide, Mr McGaw said, the community should prepare for an understaffed season of severe weather.

A spokesman for Ergon Energy said people needn't worry about a lack of services.

"We don't believe it will impact on our ability to service customers and respond in times of disaster. As in recent natural disasters personnel were brought in from across the state to assist with the restoration effort," the spokesman said.

Those potentially in the firing line included employees, labour hire and contractors.

"We have to make some difficult decisions to ensure we are a prudent and efficient business that delivers affordable electricity to customers," he said.

In Warwick, there are a total of 27 staff members with about 20 crew members, a few apprentices and a few in administration, design and other roles.

Topics:  campbell newman, electrical trades union, ergon energy, jobs




Warwick drivers urged to take ownership

JOINING FORCES: Crime prevention officer Senior Constable Kirsty Moore with volunteer in policing Keith Ritchie and police liaison officer Mandy Bahr set up for Queensland Road Safety Week.

Community joins forces for better road safety

Warwick volunteers help hope to bloom

DAFFODIL DELIGHTS: Warwick State High School students Jacob Meiklejohn and Brodie Kaarsberg join acting principal John Lofthouse celebrating Daffodil Day.

Fresh flowers bloom hope on Daffodil Day

Milestone performance for Robert Channon Wines

MUSICAL EXPERIENCE: Camerata will be helping Robert Channon Wines celebrate their 100th performance at the winery.

Robert Channon Wines will host their 100th performance this weekend

Latest deals and offers

Kanye West gets 'free reign' at VMAs

Kanye West has been let off the leash for the VMAs

Robbie Williams sings at manager's funeral

Robbie Williams and Lamar sang at the funeral of their manager

Twice as much Troy will please country music lovers

CATCH HIM WHILE YOU CAN: Singer Troy Cassar-Daley plans to take some time off to spend with family next year.

TROY Cassar-Daley is releasing a new album and book.

Courtney Stodden gets Reborn Doll

Courtney Stodden is trying to get over her recent miscarriage

Kate McKinnon 'destitute' before SNL

Kate McKinnon says she can't do anything but act

FBI investigating Leslie Jones website hack

The FBI are investigating Leslie Jones' personal website hack

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa