Flood electricians offered redundancies

4BC News: Electricians working to return electricity to flooded Queensland towns have been offered voluntary redundancies in the midst of the disaster, a union says.

Electrical Trade Union state organiser Trevor Gauld says state-owned energy power company Ergon Energy asked Maryborough-based maintenance staff on Wednesday morning to put their hands up to leave.

He said about 50 workers were taken off flood restoration work in the region to attend a briefing about redundancies and were asked to nominate within a week.

Mr Gauld said Ergon was trying to axe 61 positions.

"It's a fair kick in the guts for a community that's still trying to deal with their flood restorations," Mr Gauld told AAP.

"Right in the middle of a flood restoration, they're looking for redundancies from the front line."

Comment is being sought from Ergon Energy.


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