Nine electrical workers made redundant in Rockhampton Area
IT looks like it won't be a very merry Christmas for nine electrical workers based in Rockhampton as Ventia continues to slash job numbers.
The nine electrical workers made redundant worked out of Rockhampton, flying in and out of Brisbane with only one worker volunteering for redundancy.
This news has come shortly after 20 Townsville workers were told they would lose their jobs.
The Electrical Trades Union has called on the state government to ensure Ergon Energy and its contractors enforce the government's regional employment policy in the wake of the job losses, urging the independent contractor to negotiate on voluntary redundancies.
ETU ESI Contracting Organiser Brenton Muller said it was time Ergon started controlling reckless rogue contractors like Ventia.
"I don't know how these managers sleep at night doing this to people at this time of year," Mr Muller said.
"I'm gutted for these workers that this has happened. There is absolutely no basis for these redundancies. Ventia has given us no criteria for why these workers have been sacked.
"I still believe this is payback for members proposing industrial action during recent EBA negotiations."
The ETU has called on the sacked workers in Rockhampton and Townsville to be reemployed within Ergon, which currently has 80-odd vacancies in regional Queensland.
"To do this leading into Christmas to workers, with families to think of, is just cold-hearted," he said.
The ETU fears the losses in Rockhampton and Townsville will be followed by further redundancies on the Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane.
The Morning Bulletin is following up with furthure comment from Ergon Energy.