Toowoomba man faces ruin as company collapses
A TOOWOOMBA man has spoken of his financial fears after his employer of four years went into liquidation on Monday.
Alex Waterlander was made redundant two months ago after working for electrical contractor Geiger Electrical for four years.
He said he hasn't been paid entitlements from the company and was facing financial ruin as a result.
"Paying anything at the moment is just as difficult as it can be because we don't know when our payout is coming now," Mr Waterlander said.
"I can only imagine the other families out there are really suffering as well, we are all in the same boat together.
"Everybody is looking for work and when the market is flooded with 50-odd people looking for it, it makes it very difficult in one little town."
An Electrical Trade Union member, Mr Waterlander supported calls by the union to pay outstanding entitlements.
In a statement, the ETU said Geiger Electrical made 45 workers redundant without notice in June and the company went into liquidation on Monday.
The ETU claims members are owed up to $400,000, and more money was owed to sub-contractors and creditors.
Another 15 Geiger Civil employees were made redundant on Monday ahead of the third scheduled Fair Work hearing on entitlements, the ETU said.
Calls to Geiger's base in Toowoomba have gone unreturned.