Pow­er­link to shed 200 jobs by 2017

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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