Geiger Electrical makes major pledge to sacked workers

REGIONAL electrical company Geiger Electrical Pty Ltd has moved quickly to enable redundant workers to be paid their full entitlements.

Managing Director Tony Ferguson said the company had worked tirelessly over the past two weeks to ensure that 45 workers made redundant recently could receive all entitlements and potentially be re-employed.

"Our first priority is and always has been, our responsibility to our employees, and we have worked around the clock to ensure that all 45 redundant workers will be paid immediately once revenue from work completed has been collected," Mr Ferguson said.

"We understand that these former employees have had some concerns regarding their entitlements and I cannot emphasise enough how deeply regretful this whole situation has been.

"This was not a situation of our making, our hand was forced by the large downturn in workload available in the Electrical Service industry through regional Queensland.

The contraction of workload is indirectly due to the reduction in funding from the Australian Energy Regulator, which forced the energy network owners to reduce spending across regional Queensland.

"As a result of the support from our stakeholders, including the ETU over the last ten days we have been able to identify each employees' entitlements and isolate funds to secure these entitlements. All remaining entitlements are intended to be paid by July 28." 

Geiger Group has restructured the business effective July 1, which will ensure that it remains a viable operation in these challenging times affecting regional employment.

Mr Ferguson said this means former employees in Toowoomba, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, and Yeppoon will be welcomed back over the medium term when the future pipeline of work transpires.

"We have invested substantial amounts of capital and training in each and every former employee and we are fighting hard to win contracts with the intention of re-employing these highly specialised employees," he said.

"Of course we are unable to tell at this point, just how much work there will be and when, but we are confident that work volumes will increase in coming months."  

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