Up to 40 technical engineers are set to lose their jobs after an announcement today by Entura, one of Australia’s largest repositories of renewable power and water infrastructure engineering.
Director of Professionals Australia’s Tasmanian branch, Luke Crowley, said the company should retain the jobs given the fact that the Abbott Government was about to start implementing its Direct Action Plan to help fund projects to cut carbon emissions.
“Entura so far has been a profitable business and instead of cutting people’s jobs, Hydro Tasmania should look at ways of retaining the valuable knowledge and experience of these staff, given Australia’s need for better water and power infrastructure,” Mr Crowley said.
“This is terrible news for employees who are some of the very best water and power engineers and scientists in the country.
“These are precisely the kind of brains our nation will need to help deliver the Federal Government’s Direct Action Plan – including the $3 billion government investment in emissions reduction technology.”
Mr Crowley said Hydro Tasmania had recently announced a record $238 million profit this year. It would be in a good position to bid for emissions reduction projects funded by the Abbott Government.
“I call on the Abbott Government to release more detail about its Direct Action plan so Hydro Tasmania’s Entura arm can properly plan for the future,” Mr Crowley said.