10 July 2013
Unions are concerned about the decision by Government Owned Corporation Stanwell Corporation to axe a further 58 jobsor around one quarter of its Tarong workforce is being driven by the State Government.The Electrical Trades Union along with The Services Union said it is devastating news for the workers, their families and thelocal community.ETU State Secretary Peter Simpson said the decision smelled very much like a State Government cost cutting directive.
“It smacks of a Nicholls’ directive, slash and burn at all costs and to
hell with the communities affected. The workers atTarong and the wider Kingaroy/Wide Bay community have a right to know who is driving this and we sought those answersthrough Freedom of Information requests which to date have been denied, you have to ask
what are they hiding?” he said
TSU Acting Secretary Jennifer Thomas took aim at the Premier and his Energy Minister.
“What makes it particularly obscene is that the Premier was in line for a $100k plus pay rise while the Energy Minister it se
tto get a
$93k boost while so many workers are being made redundant in government owned energy businesses.”
“Queenslanders were just hit with a 22.6% retail price increase from 1 July, so Stanwell
via the wholesale market would be just about the only ones in Queensl
and who have falling electricity prices.” Ms Thomas said the job losses also come hot on
the heels of the recent Government decision to consider the sale of state owned power generators.Mr
Simpson said the devastating effects were being felt far and wide before today’s announcement.
“The local communities around Nanango, Kingaroy and Yarraman were reeling from 64 job losses announced after the
generator mothballed two units in October last
year, this latest announcement is yet another kick in the guts for the bush”
“We have had our members telling us job insecurity and redundancies are leading to significant drops in house prices,businesses closures and increasing unemployment”
Mr Simpson said the decision announced during a half hour briefing earlier today is just another example of this LNP drivingdecisions from the comfort of their George St leather, while the bush burned.
All Political and general reporters
More pain for South Burnett as Tarong axes quarter of workforce
demand to know Government’s role in axing of 58 jobs