Electrical Trades Union state organiser Trevor Gauld addresses workers at the Ergon Energy depot in Toowoomba.
Electrical Trades Union state organiser Trevor Gauld addresses workers at the Ergon Energy depot in Toowoomba. John Farmer

Ergon workers strike

MORE than 300 Ergon Energy workers from across south-west Queensland have gone on strike this morning over concerns for their jobs.

They will not return to work until Monday.

A meeting between the Electrical Trades Union and Ergon Energy will be held on Wednesday next week which will determine the need for further industrial action.

The union is concerned about Ergon's plans to establish a major projects group.

It claims the group will direct work straight to the external market, threatening jobs.

The union wants Ergon to provide details on the major projects group and cease all further introduction of changes related to the group.

ETU state organiser Trevor Gauld said the strike would send a strong and united message to Ergon.

But Mr Gauld said staff would not totally abandon their posts and would return to work in the event of an emergency.

"We never, ever compromise the safety of each other. We never, ever compromise the safety of the public," he said.

The Chronicle is awaiting comment from Ergon Energy.



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