Ergon confirms 45 positions in Rockhampton to disappear

ERGON Energy has identified 45 positions in Rockhampton targeted for reduction as part of the company's restructure.

Unions came out fighting but were on the back foot yesterday after making claims Ergon Energy had slashed 1600 jobs in the past two years.

An Ergon Energy spokesman yesterday rejected the claim saying 1600 jobs had been lost across the electrical industry as a whole.

Neil Henderson, acting secretary of The Services Union, acknowledged "that was probably true".

Ergon Energy has advised the union that 192 positions would be lost and 97 new positions created.

Its spokesman said the process was subject to consultation between employees and unions.

He said there would be no forced redundancies and workers would choose between voluntary redundancies or to seek redeployment within the business.

"We really don't know what the affected numbers will be until people decide whether to apply for redundancy or not," the spokesman said.

He said no frontline positions would be affected. Positions cut would come from professional, managerial or administration and design.

"They're losing a lot of their design capability... no one can predict what the impact will be," Mr Henderson said.

Ergon said the restructure was part of its response to a changing environment, where demand and work level was not at the previous level due to a slowdown in major industrial projects.

"Ergon needs to make sure its business is cost effective to put downward pressure on rising electricity prices."

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Total positions lost:

Townsville 55

Rockhampton 45

Toowoomba 35

Cairns 26

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