Union sparks strike

MORE than 500 Electrical Trade Union (ETU)members across south-west Queensland walked off the job yesterday, demanding answers about Ergon's new project plans.

This included Stanthorpe, Toowoomba and surrounding regions, though Warwick made a lucky escape with it being a public holiday.

A spokesman for the ETU said Ergon had refused to reveal their "secret plans" to their workers around its proposed internal restructure and feared for their job security.

"We demand Ergon management provide details of its plans and immediately cease all further introduction of changes until consultation with our elected representatives," he said.

Ergon Energy communications manager for Warwick Rod Rehbein said it was an unpredicted action and workers had indicated they would return to their jobs for their next shift.

"It seems they're making claims that the internal changes could lead to a loss of jobs, but Ergon rejects that claim," Mr Rehbein said. "It also seems to be around the formation of major progress groups which may lead to an increase in outsourcing, but again we reject that claim.

"The internal restructure is designed to manage the large scale projects that are coming and we will make sure it won't lead to any job losses or a change in strategy."


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