Powerlink to shed 200 jobs by 2017
ALMOST 200 jobs will be cut from electricity distributor Powerlink over the coming 18 months.
The company last week told staff of plans to cut a number of positions.
The Bulletin understands 199 positions will be cut from Powerlink over the next 12 to 18 months, including 140 permanent positions and 59 contract or temporary jobs. The company has promised there will be no forced redundancies.
It comes after the Palaszczuk Government pledged to protect the jobs of frontline staff as it merges energy distributors Powerlink, Energex and Ergon and Powerlink.
In an email to staff, Powerlink chief executive Merryn York said the company needed to be a “more agile business”.
Electrical Trades Union organiser Stuart Traill said the union expected other government- owned energy distributors to shed jobs as a result of budget cuts by the Australian Energy Regulator.
“But our view is that frontline staff numbers are already at critical levels, especially when dealing with major weather events, so any job cuts should not be made to frontline staff,” he said.
Powerlink has five employees in North Queensland. A spokesman for Ergon said the energy retailer couldn’t say how many job cuts it would make until it received a response from the Australian Energy Regulator on its decision to cut company revenue by almost 30 per cent.